Hanif Abbasi, a candidate from Pakistan Muslim League-N party for upcoming general election, talks to his supporters outside a court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 21, 2018. A court convicted Abbasi, a former lawmaker and candidate for national assembly Saturday and gave him life term for misusing controlled chemical he obtained for his pharmaceutical company Image Credit: AP

Rawalpindi: Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court of Rawalpindi on Saturday night awardedPakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi  life imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 million (Dh28,629).
 
The court acquitted seven others accused involved in the case. 

CNC Judge Sardar Muhammad Akram pronounced the judgment; Abbasi was found guilty of selling 500kg ephedrine illegally to narcotics smugglers after recording evidence of the witnesses and final arguments by the defence and prosecution counsels. 

Abbasi, who was contesting the upcoming election on National Assembly seat NA-60, was accused of misusing 500kg of controlled chemical ephedrine which he obtained for his pharmaceutical company, Gray Pharmaceutical, in 2010.  

The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) had registered a case against Abbasi and his accomplices in June 2012 under section 9-C, 14. 

Earlier, the Supreme Court and Lahore High Court had rejected the pleas filed by \Abbasi requesting the courts to overturn the directives for a trial court to conclude the ephedrine quota case against him by July 21. 

On July 12, 2018, the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, Justice Ibad ur Rehman Lodhi ordered the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court to hear the ephedrine smuggling case on daily basis from July 16 and asked the judge to wind up the case till July 21. 

Later, Abbasi was arrested from the court and shifted to Adiala jail.