ISLAMABAD – Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, postponed his return to Pakistan as he could not get a pre-arrest bail. Sources said Ali Musa had been asked to stay in Dubai, as the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had decided to arrest him on his return to Pakistan and he was named in the Ephedrine case for that purpose.

According to reports, Musa Gilani was to reach Islamabad from Dubai on Friday morning and the protocol staff of the Prime Minister’s House reached the airport to receive him, but he suddenly postponed his return.  Fawad Chaudhry, the counsel for Ali Musa, told a private TV channel that an application for the pre-arrest bail of his client would be filed in the apex court. However, Chaudhry was reluctant to specify a date or time for the submitting the application. Moreover, sources say Musa Gilani will return only after he is granted a pre-arrest bail by the court. The Supreme Court had earlier issued a notice to Musa and directed him to appear before it, as part of the on-going investigation regarding the import of controlled substance ‘ephedrine’ and the subsequent attempts to hush up an inquiry into the matter. The PM’s son, who had flown to South Africa before the issuance of the notices, has claimed of being wrongly implicated in the case.