RAWALPINDI - An anti-narcotics control magistrate Ch. Muhammad Aslam on Monday sent three accused to Adyala Jail on 14-day judicial remand besides extending two-day remand of other six accused in the Ephedrine smuggling case.

Earlier, ANF investigators produced the nine accused, whose bails were rejected by a division bench of Lahore High Court, before the magistrate after ending their three-day physical remand. The ANF also presented Col (retd) Tahir Lahoti before the court and sought his physical custody.

After hearing the arguments of the lawyers including Abdul Rashid Sheikh, representing Hamid Raza, one of the accused, Ghulam Murtaza Kandwal, counsel of Hanif Abbasi, and ANF prosecutor Shahid Abbasi, the court sent the three accused including Rashid, Nadeem and Rafiq on judicial remand while extended physical remand of six accused including Basit Abbasi for two day.

The ANF also produced Col (retd) Tahir Lahoti, who didn’t appear before the court on last hearing due to illness, in the court. The court also awarded ANF three-day physical remand of Lahoti.

The court ordered ANF to reproduce Lahori on September 26 for further hearing while the six other accused on September 25.

Later, PML-N stalwart and ex-MNA from Rawalpindi Hanif Abbasi, who is also accused in the Ephedrine smuggling case, while speaking to the media, said he tenders apology if I spoke against the Pakistan Army on any private TV channel.

He said that ANF had kept all the nine accused including his brother Basit Abbasi are not guilty and have nothing to do with the Ephedrine case. He claimed that the ANF is subjecting these accused to severe torture and forcing them to become approver against him.

When contacted to seek version on Abbasi’s claim, a spokesman of ANF, however, ANF does not deal with terror cases rather takes action against those involved in narcotic cases.

“We never probe terrorists but the drug peddlers and smugglers,” said ANF spokesman adding that ANF has no torture cells anywhere in the country.