RAWALPINDI - In a surprising move, the army-led Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Saturday to get cancel the bail of PML-N stalwart and ex-MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi in Ephedrine smuggling case.

The LHC Rawalpindi Bench accepted the plea, filed by the ANF investigators through their counsel Shahid Abbasi Advocate, setting October 22, 2013 (Tuesday) for hearing the force application.

A division bench of LHC, comprising Justice Sagheer Ahmed Qadri and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi, had granted bail to the politician of N league on November 1, 2012 in Ephedrine case against two separate surety bonds of Rs500,000.

According to details, the ANF investigators filed a petition with the LHC Rawalpindi Bench for cancellation of the bail granted to Muhammad Hanif Abbasi in controlled chemical quota allocation case with mentioning that ANF has got substantial evidences, which proved clear involvement of ex-MNA in Ephedrine smuggling case. 

An ANF investigator, on condition of anonymity, told The Nation that ANF has quite enough proofs against Abbasi’s involvement in the scam. He said that the force approached Supreme Court of Pakistan to get cancel the bail of Hanif Abbasi, he had been granted by a division bench of LHC. But, SCP suggested ANF to file a plea in LHC for the purpose whenever it has solid evidences in its hands against the accused. Same verdict was laid down by the two member bench of LHC at the time of awarding bail to Muhammad Hanif Abbasi in Ephedrine case, said the investigator, adding that “Now, ANF possesses solid evidences against Abbasi, that is why it approached LHC for cancellation of his bail”.

Muhammad Hanif Abbasi is accused of misusing 500 kg of the controlled chemical Ephedrine, which he obtained in 2010. Instead of using it in medicine, he had allegedly sold it to narcotics smugglers.