LAHORE – The Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Friday ordered the release Nadir Malik, managing director of Efroze Chemicals, involved in the Pakistan Institute of Cardiology (PIC) spurious medicine case.

A three-judge SC bench heard the case. Issuing the release order, the court directed Nadir Feroz to appear before the sessions court on Saturday and Supreme Court on Monday.

Earlier, the Supreme Court took a suo motu notice over the killing of over 200 people after drug reaction in PIC.

On Thursday, the Punjab government has claimed that lawmen have launched a hunt for 11 members of a Karachi-based pharma firm accused of Punjab Institute of Cardiology scam.

Special Assistant to CM on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique and Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sana Ullah told the media on Thursday that the police would soon arrest the culprits accused of killing over 200 patients.

Health Secretary Arif Nadeem and Home Secretary Shahid Khan were also present on the occasion and briefed the media about progress in the three incidents of drugs’ reaction.

They said that police had already arrested an owner of the company and a senior staffer in connection with this scam when they were trying to escape abroad.  They claimed that progress had been made in the Tyno syrup case and it would soon reach its conclusion.

Arif Nadeem said that the health department has written to the federal authorities for the suspension of licenses of three pharmaceutical companies involved in incidents of drugs’ reactions. 

He said Drug Regulatory Authority has also been approached for the purpose.