Arrest warrants for Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani issued
21 June, 2012
RAWALPINDI: An anti narcotics court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the PPP's prime minister candidate, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani in the Ephedrine case. Anti-Narcotics Force has started raids to arrest Ali Musa Gilani's secretary Tauqir Ali Khan.
Today, the investigating team of Anti Narcitics Force (ANF) requested the court for warrants. The court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Ali Musa Gilani, the younger son of former prime minister Syed Yusuf Rqza Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin.
According to sources the ANF team has been conducting raids in parts of Islamabad to arrest the accused Tauqir Ali Khan. The sources added that the arrest of Tauqir would eventually led to arrest of Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Pakistan People's Party's strong candidate for the post of prime minister after the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani.
A Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had already directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin, who had approved the ephedrine quota.
An ANF official said the investigators had undeniable evidence of Shahabuddin's involvement in the ephedrine case. "He was the man who being the health minister issued quota to Danas Pharma," said the official, who wished anonymity given the discreet nature of information and the high-profile individuals' involvement.
The ANF last summoned Shahabuddin in May for interrogation and he admitted issuing a quota but pleaded innocence, saying he was unaware of the purpose and persons behind the move.
The apex court has directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin for issuing unauthorised drug quota to Danas Pharma with Ali Musa Gilani as the principal beneficiary of such sanction. Hearing the ephedrine case on June 7, the Supreme Court questioned Brig Faheem of the ANF as to why Shahabuddin had not been arrested even after it was established that he had approved the illegal ephedrine quota.