LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Monday dismissed an application as withdrawn seeking quashment of a drug case lodged against former president Asif Ali Zardari back in 1988.

As the proceedings commenced, the counsel of Asif Ali Zardari appeared in the court and submitted that a trial court had already acquitted his client in the said case. He said he wanted to withdraw the application as being infructuous. On it, the bench dismissed the application as withdrawn.

According to prosecution, the drugs case against Asif Zardari was made when he was in Karachi jail because of other cases. Qilla Gujjar Singh police had registered an FIR No 525 against three accused namely Asif Ali Zardari, Arif Baloch and Shorang Khan on Sep 23, 1998.

Zardari was implicated in the case after the confessional statement of accused Arif and Sharang who undertook that Mr Zardari was providing them drugs to smuggle abroad.

Zardari had approached the LHC for quashment on case and this petition was pending when on May 19, 2008, an additional district and sessions judge acquitted him from drugs case against him after accepting his application seeking acquittal from the case under section 265-K of Cr. PC.