Court sentences Hanif Abbasi to life imprisonment in ephedrine quota case

Rawalpindi:  Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Hanif Abbasi sentenced to life imprisonment in Ephedrine Quota Case by Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court here on Saturday, Newsone reported.

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Authorities arrested Hanif Abbasi from court room after the Judge announced the verdict.

The much awaited verdict came out after few hours of delay as court reserved its judgment after Abbasi’s counsel cocluded its argument earlier in today’s hearing.

The court in its verdict acquitted seven other accused giving them benefit of doubt while Abbasi was sentenced to imprisonment.

After this verdict Hanif Abbasi stood disqualified from contesting election from NA-60 Rawalpindi against Leader of Awami Muslim League Shiekh Rasheed.

PML N workers started demonstrations outside the court against the judgment. They tried to unfetter Abbasi from police custody while he was being transferred to Adiala Jail.

 

Whereas on Friday, Judge Mohammad Akram Khan rejected Abbasi’s plea to delay the trial’s deadline, noting that it has to follow orders of the high court.

The judge also remarked that he will continue hearing arguments into the night if it takes that long.

However on other side,  the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday again dismissed petition of Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) stalwart Hanif Abbasi, who challenged the verdict of Lahore High Court(LHC) as the latter court directed the trial court to hold daily hearings in Ephedrine case.

The petitioner stated that hold daily proceeding in ephederine case would deter the conduct of fair trial, therefore the apex court must strike LHC decision and let the process of full hearing take place along with listening both sides.

 

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