LAHORE - It took only 17 years for Lahore High Court to approve Asif Ali Zardari’s application for hearing his appeal seeking withdrawal of a drugs case against him.

The former president had submitted an application in 1998, in which he requested the LHC to withdraw a drug-related case registered against him in Qilla Gujjar Singh police station. In the application, he had stated that it was a baseless case.

The police had lodged an FIR No 525 against three accused Asif Ali Zardari, Arif Baloch and Shorang Khan on September 23, 1998.

The case was registered against Zardari after the confessional statement of other accused who said that Zardari provided them drugs to smuggle them abroad.

However, the prosecution said that Zardari was in Karachi jail at that time.

A two-member bench of LHC consisting of Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Waqas heard the application after 17 years but due to absence of Asif Ali zardari’s lawyer, the hearing was postponed till 17 May.

It is worth mentioning that an additional district and sessions judge has already acquitted Zardari, on May 19, 2008, from the case under section 265-K of Cr. PC.