RAWALPINDI - Special Judge Control of Narcotics Substances Court (CNSC) on Tuesday snubbed Syed Ali Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani and an accused in ephedrine smuggling case, over appearing before the court late and warned him of issuing his arrest warrants if he again did so.

CNSC Special Judge Arshad Mehmood Tabbasum, taking up the case here, took stern notice of late arrival of Musa in the courtroom and asked him that court would issue his arrest warrants if he made delay on the next date of hearing.

The court accepted the plea of Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, former secretary health, for defreezing his assets, and issued notices to Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to present the record of the case.

Earlier, the trial court could not frame the charges against the accused including former Federal Minister for Textiles Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Syed Ali Musa Gilani in ephedrine smuggling case owing to absence of a co-accused Abdul Khaliq and the objections raised by the accused on challan presented by the investigators of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). The court postponed the hearing of the case till August 17, 2013.

Similarly, CNSC Judge Arshad Mehmood Tabbasum deferred the proceedings in the assets case of the accused till August 3, 2013 by ordering an accused Sheikh Ansar, the owner of a pharma company, to submit the details of assets of his and his family before the court.

The court also accepted the plea of former secretary health Khushnood, a proclaimed offender also, and issued notices to ANF.

During the hearing, the defense counsel apprised the court that his client was sick and under treatment in Canada. He added that he would face the court once he recovered from illness.

On the other hand, Musa while talking to media said that his family and his party PPP were being politically victimised, as he had nothing to do with the case. He said that the recent elections 2013 damaged the federation. He also rebuffed the reports of his father former PM Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani's involvement in appointment of Tauqir Sadiq, the main accused in Ogra Rs 82 billion scam, as Chairman, saying the PM also recommended three names to the committee formed to select Ogra chairman.

He said that he believed in uphold of law that was why he has been appearing before courts despite security threats.

He said that no law enforcement agency cooperated with Gilani family after missing of his brother Syed Ali Haider Gilani. He made it clear that his father would not face NAB at any cost.