LAHORE: PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi was released from Lahore’s Camp Jail on Saturday after two surety bonds of Rs5 million each were submitted to the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The deputy registrar (judicial) of the LHC signed his release order and sent it to Camp Jail’s superintendent, with instructions to release the PML-N stalwart on bail, “provided he is not undergoing imprisonment for any other offence”.
A large number of PML-N party members greeted Abbasi as he emerged from the jail exit. He later left for his hometown of Rawalpindi.
On Thursday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) suspended Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Hanif Abbasi’s life imprisonment sentence in ephedrine quota case and ordered his release.
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Aalia Neelum heard Abbasi’s bail petition against his life sentence. On June 22, 2018, a special anti-narcotics court had sentenced Abbasi to life in the ephedrine quota case.
In his petition, Abbasi stated that the anti-narcotics court had overlooked important legal points in its decision. “Seven other suspects were released. The case was formed against the petitioner on political basis,” the petition added and pleaded to the LHC to suspend the sentence.
Approving Abbasi’s petition, the LHC suspended his life sentence and ordered his release.