RAWALPINDI - Special Judge Anti-Narcotics Court, Arshad Mehmood Tabbasum, on Saturday issued notices to former Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani, his wife Fouzia Gilani and son Syed Ali Musa Gilani seeking their response by July 13, 2013 on application of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) for confiscation of their property in the case of alleged allocation of huge ephedrine quota.

The judge also issued notices to ex-Federal Minister for Textile Industries Makhdoom Shihabuddin, his wife and son including seven other accused in ephedrine smuggling case to respond to the seizure of their properties by ANF.

Earlier, the ANF in its application informed the trial court that ANF had seized the immovable property and the bank accounts of the accused involved in illegal allocation of 9000-kg of ephedrine to two different pharmaceutical companies under the control of narcotic substance act. Under the law, the ANF could seize property made from drug money. The investigators were to inform the accused through the trial court about their steps.

Meanwhile, the trial court rejected post-arrest bail of Mirza Abdul Rehman and pre-arrest bails of two other accused Dr Arslan and Riaz Ali in the ephedrine case. The ANF arrested the two accused Dr Arslan and Riaz Ali from courtroom and shifted them to lock up for further investigation. Mirza Abdul Rehman was already in jail.

Later, Special Judge ANC Arshad Mehmood Tabbasum postponed the hearing till July 13, 2013 and ordered the 15 accused to submit their replies in writing giving details of their source of income and explaining wherefrom they got their assets.