Ephedrine quota case: ANF, Law ministry directed to submit reply next hearing

Court adjourns hearing in ephedrine quota case till February 13

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday resuming the hearing of a case pertaining to excessive ephedrine quota case has directed the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Ministry of Law and Justice to submit its reply earlier to next hearing.

Such plea had been filed by PPP leader Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din, who is also a accused in the matter requesting the court to expedite the proceedings as the case was being tried in Control of Narcotics Substance (CNS) for almost eight years.

The hearing was resumed by the two member bench of the IHC comprising justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani and Justice Ghulam Azam Qambarani while Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice summoned for the day appeared before the court.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar asked the secretary law about the vacant posts of judges in federal courts and asked what was the reason behind that.

Secretary law responded that appointments in such courts made after the recommendations from the IHC.

He said ministry of law will follow the IHC orders in this regard.

Justice Kiani questioned the ANF about the total number of accused in the matter which was replied that total 88 accused were nominated in the matter.

The court expressed anger that almost ten years were passed and yet the case was being tried at trial court.

He ordered the special prosecutor for submission of reply in this regard earlier to next hearing.

Later the hearing was adjourned till February 13.