ISLAMABAD (APP): As many as eleven accused including son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Ali Musa Gilani have been indicted in ephedrine quota case today (Friday).
Special court judge Irum Niazi heard the case and charged Ali Musa Gilani, former health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, helath secretary Khushnod Lashari, former health Director General Asad Hafeez, former Deputy Drug Controller Abdul Sattar Shorwani, Sheikh Nusrat, Anjum Shah and others.
The court summoned witnesses and adjourned the hearing till May 12 as the accused denied allegations and also filed pleas.
In April 2012, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had submitted a 23-page report before the court formally naming eight accused Ali Musa Gilani for alleged allocating 6,500kg of ephedrine to Berlex Lab International in Multan and 2,500kg to Danas Pharma (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad during 2010 to 2011.
ANF officials stated that the accused wanted to export ephedrine to Iraq and Afghanistan whereas 20 other companies were also waiting for allocation of 5,710kg.
In September 2012, Ali Musa Gilani was arrested by ANF at Supreme Court’s gate but he was granted bail over surety bonds of Rs 100,000 in July 2012.
Ephedrine is a medication and stimulant which is used to prevent low blood pressure during spinal anesthesia. It has also been used for asthma, narcolepsy, and obesity but is not the preferred treatment.