RAWALPINDI – The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday sought written reply from Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to respond to a petition filed by former Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control Zafar Abbas Lakh, alleging ANF for harassing him.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi sent notices to ANF directing its Commander the investigation officer of the Ephedrine case to form their written comments by September 20, 2012. Zafar Iqbal Lakh, now serving as Inspector General of Motorways Police, in the petition he filed through Muhammad Munir Paracha Advocate, stated before the court that the ANF had asked him to appear before the investigators despite the fact he had nothing to do with Ephedrine smuggling case. He added that he was being harassed by the ANF officials and they wanted his name to be placed at Exit Control List (ECL). Zafar urged on the court to bar ANF from badgering him and stop proceedings against him in connection with the case of 9000 kg Ephedrine allocation.

He said he was appointed Secretary Narcotics Control after the case was registered in October, 2011 and he had no connection with the case.

A former Director of a Pharma Company Rizwan Khan, who was accused and later become an approver, also alleged that government appointed Zafar as Secretary to spoil Ephedrine smuggling case.

Separately, LHC Rawalpindi Bench issued notices to Secretary Ministry of Interior to respond to a petition filed by ANF till September 20, 2012.

Force Commander ANF Brigadier Faheem Ahmed approached the court for placing the names of Syed Ali Musa Gilani, Makhdoom Shihabuddin, Zaffar Lakh, Khushnud Akhtar Lashari and other accused in the case on ECL. He prayed that ANF feared the accused could flee from the country to escape the arrest.

On the other hand, Special Judge Anti-Narcotics Court Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry awarded post arrest bails to owners of two pharmaceutical companies in the Ephedrine quota allocation case.

The court granted bail to Chief Executive Cann Pharmaceutical Multan and Chief Executive Florence Pharma Multan Hasham Khan and Ehsan ur Rehman. The court also directed each of them to submit surety bonds worth Rs100, 000. ANF handcuffed the two men in July, 2012 for their alleged involvement in preparing fake distribution data about consumption of huge quantity of Ephedrine in the local market.