ISLAMABAD – Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) is all set to arrest two high profile accused including MNA Musa Gilani, son of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, and incumbent Federal Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabuddin on next Tuesday, 17th July, sources told TheNation on Wednesday.
In the light of statement given by Dr Rashid Juma, a former director general of federal Ministry of Health who approved quota to two pharmaceutical companies, ANF is convinced that Musa Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin, then federal minister for health, used their influence and got two drug manufacturing companies 9000-kg of chemical against their quota of 500-kg.
Well-placed sources privy to the latest development told TheNation that former DG health Rashid Juma told ANF investigation team that minister for textiles Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and Principal Secretary to the PM, Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, threatened him to extend ephedrine quota of two drug manufacturing companies from 500-kg to 9000-kg otherwise he would loose job.
“Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani and Principal Secretary to the PM, Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, influenced me to approve allocation of 9,000-kg of chemical ephedrine to two pharmaceutical companies including Berlex and Danas. Being a government servant I had to obey them otherwise I was sure to loose job. I preferred to approve allocation of chemical just to save my job,” former Director General Health told ANF in written statement.
According to Rashid Juma’s statement Musa Gilani pressurised him to allocate 6,500-kg ephedrine quota to Berlex Pharmaceutical Company while he allocated 2,500-kg quota to Danas Pharmaceutical company under the influence of former federal health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin.
Dr Rashid Juma clearly stated in his statement given to ANF investigation team that Berlex and Danas were entitled to get 500-kg of ephedrine chemical, however, the two companies successfully extended their quota to 9000-kg because of the intervention of Musa Gilani, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Khushnood Lashari. According to him, the process for the allocation of quota started on March 15 and ended on March 24, 2010.
Dr Juma’s statement revealed that Berlex and Danas applied for local sale of ephedrine while the three powerful and well-connected gentlemen including Makhdoom Shahab, Musa Gilani and Khushnood Lashari started lobbying in favour of the two companies.
Although Rashid Juma did mentioned in his statement either the chemical was used by the companies to synthesis drugs to be sold in local market or not, however, investigators believe 9,000 kilogramme of ephedrine, was allegedly smuggled to Iran via Quetta in 2010.
One of the 9 accused, currently under custody of ANF, told the investigators that the chemical was not used for making medicines, rather smuggled to nearby countries including Iran and Iraq.
Investigators confirmed to TheNation, when contacted, on Wednesday that ANF was warned by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) last month that ephedrine is being smuggled from Pakistan to Iran. A delegation of the INCB has been scheduled to hold talks with high-ups of Ministry of Narcotics control and the ANF on 22 July to investigate the matter.
Two high profile accused including the parliamentarian Moosa Gilani and federal Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabuddin are currently on bail until July 16, 2012. Sources said ANF has requested the relevant court to not to confirm bail of two accused to complete the investigation into much important case of ‘ ephedrine’ chemical.