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Ex-Pak PM Gilani’s son arrested for role in ephedrine case

Islamabad, Sept. 14 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Musa Gilani, has been arrested for his role in a ephedrine quota case.

According to sources, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) personnel arrested Musa soon after his arrival at the Supreme Court to appear for the hearing in the ephedrine quota case. Musa resisted when they tried to take him into custody, The Dawn quoted the ANF, as saying in a statement.

Soon after, the apex court directed the authorities to produce Musa before it within 30 minutes.

Musa’s lawyer, Dr Khalid Ranjha, said the former’s arrest in the court premises’was tantamount to a contempt of court, and demanded that the apex court take suo motu notice of it.

Last week, the ANF had declared Musa an absconders in its fourth challan submitted to the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court in connection with the ephedrine case.

The challan stated that former director general of health Dr Asad Hafeez misused his authority in allocating and ensuring local sale conversion of 2,500 kilograms ephedrine to two pharmaceutical companies – Berlex Lab International and Danas Pharmaceutical.

Musa’s name, along with the names of Makhdoom Shahab and Khushnood Lashari, were included in the challan’s accused column.

Moreover, former director general of health Dr Rasheed Juma, who had been declared an approver in the case, had alleged that Musa and Lashari had pressurised him to allocate 6,000 kilograms of ephedrine to Berlex Lab.

Musa was declared absconder after the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed his pre-arrest bail petitions in the ephedrine scam. (ANI)