His jail sentence has been suspended until the court announces the verdict in his appeal challenging the sentencing.
Abbasi was imprisoned for life after being convicted of obtaining a large amount of ephedrine, which is a controlled substance, and then selling it to narcotic smugglers. A trial court had sentenced him on July 21, 2018. He was completing the sentence at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.
Abbasi, who was the PML-N’s candidate for Rawalpindi’s NA-60, could not contest election after the judgement.