Ephedrine case: SC issues notice to Ali Musa Gilani

Published: April 10, 2012

ANF has also requested the Interior Ministry to add Musa Gilani's name to the Exit Control List. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a notice to Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the Ephedrine case on Tuesday, reported Express News.

Former DG Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Major General Shakil  has also been issued a notice, while later during the day, Musa Gilani left for South Africa.

Earlier today, ANF had also requested the Interior Ministry to add Musa Gilani’s name to the Exit Control List.

According to sources, ANF officials informed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that secretary narcotics was trying to protect Musa Gilani. The chief justice was reported to have said that this was a sensitive issue, where they needed to tread carefully.

The case regarding the illegal sale of Ephedrine was registered on October 10 last year, after two pharmaceutical companies — Danas Pharmaceutical Limited and Berlex Lab International – were accused of obtaining export quotas for the drug in collusion with the health ministry officials that exceeded the limits fixed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

The INCB had fixed an annual quota of 22,000kg of ephedrine for Pakistan for 2010-11, but the ministry of health following its devolution allocated a quota of around 31,000kg of the drug.

Later, ANF’s investigation had allegedly established a direct link between Ali Musa Gilani and the multi-billion drug scandal.

Correction: Due to a typographical error, ‘Ephedrine’ was earlier misspelled as ‘Epherdine’ in the headline. The error  has been rectified.

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Uza Syed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:17PM

    It’s not too late—-get him and make an example out of this criminal.

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  • Not me
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:19PM

    I pray that high and mighty also get justice and punishment according to law. just like a common citizen.If they are innocent they should be let free.

    Let justice be done

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  • Hakeem
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:20PM

    These kids of corrupt ruling elite are going to be 10 times more morally & financially corrupt then incumbent ones, May Allah save Pakistan from these sophisticated looting generation!

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  • umair
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:26PM

    He is in twenties and just look at him, your father must be proud of you to move on with the family ritual

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  • Umar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:29PM

    please hang him and make an example.

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  • scholar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:36PM

    I think “DEMOCRACY” is again in danger.

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 1:53PM

    justice is blind, don’t see more then 50 killed and over 200 kidnapped in G-B

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 1:56PM

    secretary narcotics was trying to protect Ali Musa Gilani

    The revenge of Democracy!

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  • Umar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:05PM

    The brand “Gilani” means “Corruption”.

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 2:14PM

    The sons of our Prime Minister must also get an exemption from any kind of prosecution. It is very simple, a constitutional amendment will settle this matter for the present and future Prime Ministers. Present government has conveyed just one message to the world, that rulers in Pakistan are above the law. In such a situation either the Supreme Court really becomes Supreme or the rulers declared above the law in the constitution.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:22PM

    They have crossed all the limits of shame and indignity.

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  • Shahid
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:24PM

    It’s ‘Ephedrine’. not ‘Epherdine’. Get your spellings right ET.

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  • BS
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:29PM

    Happy Birthday Ali Musa…:)

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  • Usman Lakhani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Excellent! Corruption at such a young age. I bet this guy will become the President of Pakistan one day! He seems to be talented!

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  • MAD
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:41PM

    @Shafique Ahmed Madani: Have you seen anything. Media still not reporting anything on GB after the bus attack and there is a phone blackout. CJP cannot take action unless credible information provided. Dont blame the court but those responsible for censoring media and letting things go out of control in GB.

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  • mentelisco
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:42PM

    messing up with drugs have upto death penalty in civilised world. Another prince that needs to be adjusted.
    Democracy is NOT for us!

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 2:52PM

    PM Gilani wrote in his book when he was in jail that “he had to sell his watch to pay the college fee of his son” now his son owns Audi’s, Mercedes and billions of property,

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  • Qaiser K. Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Let him travel. But let the foreign authorities know about his drug dealing activities . They will know know how to treat him . First of all he will not be treated as a VIP. Probably lock him him up for 25 years. Confiscate all his assets abroad.he will never enjoy his ill gotten gains.

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  • yaz
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied. Please please please indict Ali Musa if he’s guilty, the likelihood of which is very high in this case. This is the most corrupt PM in the history of Pakistan. Let people see justice is blind and award exemplary punishment and in quick time.

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  • THE
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:17PM

    But Ali Musa has immunity under article 248 doesn’t he? Like father like sons!

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  • xohaib
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:22PM

    good going CJ!

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  • Jal
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Removing General Shakeel months before his retirement from his post as DG ANF , and a few other high ranking officials speaks volumes of the case. I do hope SC will be able to give a exemplary decision in the case

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  • Yaida M
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:32PM

    I am not a fan of the Gilanis. But it looks like the Supreme Court wants to be the defacto ruler of Pakistan. Aren’t such cases supposed to be prosecuted by the police? I have a feeling that the judiciary and the military are hand in glove to topple this government – one way or another. So much for an independent judiciary !!

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  • AnisAqeel
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:33PM

    No Presidential immunity here, a massage from establishment via the Supreme Court.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:35PM

    The Chief Justice is being seen as one who is ‘playing to the gallery’ instead of punishing blatant wrong doings. He must DO something or else hold his peace and share the responsibility for the collapse of the system.

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  • Haris Khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Aitezaz uncle zindabad!!

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  • Asad
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:42PM

    Never mind we deserve people like this to rule us. People instead of criticising our future leader Mr Musa we should gang up on PTI rural empowerment policy announcement news and nit pick, criticise each and every detail and proposed plans.

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  • Muna Pehalwan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Like father Like Son – what you expect from these peoples –

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  • Afridi
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:30PM

    very good CJ to expose musa gillani they dont even feel ashame of it

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:46PM

    This family has broken all records of corruption. I see no hope in this case (unless a miracle happens) as the whole law ministry is in motion to protect him and the ANF is now being controlled by their newly appointed Zafar Abbas Luk. I salute Major General Syed Shakeel Naqvi for his bravery and honesty. But I am sure he knows what is the price one has to pay for honesty in this country. ANF should stand by Mr. Naqvi.

    As usual, the opposition is stick to their agenda of ‘criminal silence’ and supporting one of the most corrupt government in history of Pakistan.

    My appeal to SC is that please please please don’t let lawyers like Aitezaz to delay the case hearings for indefinite period and make this an example for future PMs. Recommend

  • King Khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:49PM

    He is just following his leader’s steps…democracy is the best revenge.

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:58PM

    I do not totally blame this guy, Its not only him but an entire setup that lives and thrives on corrupt practises, Lately this has become a way of life in Pakistan, Corrupt pravtise in more common then religious practise. This guy has been used, because of his influential position and very well may have been entraped into such practises, never the less he and his Dad should have known better.Recommend

  • s.s.mokha
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:03PM

    In Pakistan (barh khet ko kha rahi haa) the fence is devouring the field. Now the time has come ,for the field (crop eg the public) to grow up and destroy the fence.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:05PM

    This corrupt government must be removed immediately, The only party which can take over from here is PML(N). It has roots in all provinces and ready to govern. Unfortunately Imran is not ready yet, he needs another decade of planning.

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  • Bee
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Nothing will come out of it.. the matter will drag on and on.. investigators & prosecutors will be shuffled around.. witnesses will back track..

    NICL case rerun!

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  • Indian Kashmiri
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:21PM

    such cases have been registered against Rahool Gandhi in India and as yet nothing has been proved I can assure you the same court system will find him not guilty

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Just fine Ali Musa Gilani Rs. 50,000 so that his corruption is punished once for all.

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 5:41PM

    it looks too good to be true – a long way to go!

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  • Jibran
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:47PM

    First, it is an active ingredient in a nasal decongestant.

    Second, as with many drugs such as anti-allergy drugs, anti-depressants, drugs for neuro-psychological treatments, there can be illegal usage. And it boils down to the drug stores not to sell them without prescription.

    Third, If I am a CEO of a pharmaceutical company, I don’t know what “raw materials” to purchase. I will have experts working for me, who will determine the active ingredients, run trials, and manufacture the drugs for me. My job is to run the business affairs. Period!

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  • Raos
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Lets see who will be devils advocate.May be The Great Babar Awan or the Greatest Aitizaz Ahsin.Gillani sons are every where.You name any corruption and you will find them there.There is no limit for lust for money to them.Most annoying thing and strange thing is that you people find their supporter on the forum who are justify their corruption.May Allah save us from such evils.
    Aitiza Ahsin Zindabad.Babar Awan paindabad

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  • Faraz
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:54PM

    These people dont feel shame, they are so indifferent to it. Musa Gilani has been repeatedly involved in various scams and yet he roams freely, presents himself in front of media with lame speeches. I request the judiciary to take action of strictest form against him. Why doesnt CJ takes suo motu decision in this case. Enough is enough… Recommend

  • fatima
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:02PM

    He is very talented.

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  • k.pervez
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:06PM

    I can agree if Musa is guilty he should be tried but perception is stronger than reality. Apparently Generals are operating through the corridors of judiciary. A Case is registered on the violation of exceeding limits set by International Narcotics board (INCB) monitored by a General. Well Viena convention is also an international forum but its parameters are not followed. This is double standard. Every thing is happening under the nose of Iftekhar Ch in lower judiciary but he is closing his eye.

    In a deprived society like Pakistan Judiciary must be independent we need two eyed judges to ensure equal rights of down trodden people. Apex court is court for affluent class who can afford to pay fee in lakhs and million. This honorable court is doing nothing for masses in large and enjoys little credibility among 50% people who donot have access both to justice and media.

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  • Jawad
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:56PM

    The people commenting in defense of Musa Gilani and talking about interference of Judiciary in affairs of politicians are those people who are living abroad for decades and for them Pakistan can only be seen through some news websites and they are unaware of what is really going on in Pakistan and what the Pakistanis think at home. The ordinary people living in Pakistan are with the Judiciary and they have already lost hope in Politicians owing to the current regime of Corrupt Politicians,

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  • naeem khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Yaida M, for your information the Pakistan Narcotic Agency is a law enforcement outfit just like the police, no body is after these thugs, just look at their records, all of them are involved one corruption after another, the fact is that in Pakistan the elite class thinks they are above the law and that goes for the military personal too.The lower judiciary is intimidated or bribed by these looter and that’s why the Supreme Court has to get in the action.What do they teach the younger generation in Pakistan when they deliberately violate the laws and then flaunt them publicly .I would say that Gilani junior should be prosecuted and if found innocent then let him go free otherwise send him to jail for few years and be a lesson to new crops of corrupt politicians and their families.

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  • A. Khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:00PM

    How is it that the father dose not know what is happening ? And if does not know what his son is upto, I wonder what he knows about what is happening in country.

    And as if these guys are short of money or something. As the case involves exporting a controlled substance overseas, I hope an international arrest warrant is issued for Musa Gilani.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Nothing will happen to him…..i think everybody has forgotten how they made it easy for moonis elahi to escape……..

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  • Mirza
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:32PM

    This young man is already guilty in the media. pay attention on the massacre of minorites and samller sect of Muslims. Only one judge of a lower or even HC can take care of this case and SC should pay attention on the most imp cases that have been languishing for decades including petitions against death penalties and disappearance of hundreds of young Baloch. Recommend

  • zahir
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:40PM

    this is what is expected from product of NRO drafted/supported by uk , usa and their rep mushraf

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  • Fahad
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @Yaida M:
    You must be kidding, Have you checked how things are proceeding in this case, or you are just trying to validate ur opinion? The PM changed all the inquiry officers just a day before this proceeding, if CJ has done so wrong here by merely asking for a proper case, then what about PM…. Oh!!!! I forgot they are the LEGACY of BHUTTOs…sh sh … we need to pay respect to the DEMOCRACY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    http://e.jang.com.pk/04-10-2012/lahore/pic.asp?picname=117.gif

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  • Roshan Zameer
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Astonished….Astounded…..Startled ….and….Stunned
    I
    am a doctor and want to highlight a very important point in this discussion.
    EPHEDRINE is life saving drug when in Intravenous Injection form. Because
    1. It is very helpful in maintaining blood pressure in critically ill patients or patients who may have lost a lot of blood in accidents.
    2. IV ephedrine is regularly used by anaesthesiologists in maintaining blood pressure in Operation Rooms in patients who are given spinal and epidural anaesthesia.
    3. In out of hospital disaster setting it is safe and easily titreable drug to maintain good blood pressure.

    I was so amazed to have read this scandal and that so much of amount of drug has been procured or sanctioned; but despite that the IV form of drug (which is really a life saving) is not available in the market. I was unable to get the Injection Ephedrine despite best of efforts and contacts. I did not know that it falls under the narcotics control etc. During surgery under spinal or epidural anaesthesia, only 10 – 20 mg of ephedrine is usually enough and we do not get it.

    Feeling really bad….they are making money and using ephedrine to make money and poor people of this country are suffering due to the non availability of this life saving medicines in many Operation theatres and ICU’s of this country….Shame on ourselves as we elected theseRecommend

  • Zafar Iqbal
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Democracy is best revenge!
    All taking revenge from Nation by destroying it !

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  • Syed Hamid Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:10PM

    No sympathy for corrupt or criminals, elite or commoners. We are eager to hang him even on just a notice. In Pakistan When sense and sense-ability will rule? take a pause please, let the system work, let him defend himself first, this is what Islam says and this is what democracy means. By the way, how many of us living in Pakistan can honestly claim that we never been part of corruption – bribe taker or giver. Quit blaming everything on PPP, in last thirty five (35) years, how many years PPP have ruled? or since independence how many years PPP have ruled? and in those years was really PPP ruling? or they were only to take blame for other’s mistakes. Even today who runs the foreign policy? who runs law enforcement? etc…Pakistan mostly ruled by either by Military or by PML, what we are seeing is the result of bad policies oo Military and PML. Open your eyes, of course, if Ali Mosa Gilani is guilty he must be punished as an ordinary man get punished, period.

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  • Analyzer
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:22AM

    The Supreme Court has become a mere post office, issuing notices to all and sundry without bringing any of the cases to their judicial (and logical) conclusions. This does not reflect well on it, as justice has to be seen to be done rather than just creating media hype and letting the issues die down.

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  • Lahoresay
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Chief (Justice) Sahib, will you please do something concrete……………to nail the corrupt rulers and thier kids and cronies. Or
    just topi drama!!

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  • Babloo
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:16AM

    You have met Mr 10%.
    Now meet Mr 20% !Recommend

  • Owais
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:36AM

    I hope becomes the next PM n loots u guys more n makes india n afghanistan stronger :-)

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  • Kanwal
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:28AM

    Nice. The military rule brings in heroin. The democratic rule brings in Ephedrine. Nice co operation. By the way, how did he manage to leave the country while being the prime accused in this case? What if he does nt come back fearing the court?

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  • k.pervez
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:57AM

    If it is a case of misuse of quota then Mr, Iftekhar Ch is Punjabi but become judge on domicile of Baluchistan. Is it not misuse of quota.

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  • tariq
    Apr 11, 2012 - 4:22AM

    Since AITAZAZ and BABAR AWAN are PPP Members it will be conflict of interest if they defend the MUSA GILANI.punishment should be exemplury and PM Gilani should also be banned from elections as he must have told MUSA his son to do this scam.

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  • MAD
    Apr 11, 2012 - 10:24AM

    @k.pervez: Are their no Punjabi’s in Baluchistan. Quetta is full of them. The CJP was born in QUetta my friend and his father originates from JUulundher in Indian PUnjab. Do your research on the cocnept of domocile.

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  • Dr. Doolittle
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Son of the longest self-serving PM of Pakistan. Democracy tainted with Hypocrisy.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Corruption and PPP always go together.

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  • us_roamer
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:43AM

    Why CJ make all example out of PPP…. ???????????

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  • MAD
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:41PM

    @us_roamer: because the party and its members seem to think that the law doesnt apply to them. Just because ZAB was allegedly wrongfully hanged its members ignore all laws and indulge in corruption of an unprecedented scale. Thats why the CJP is after the PPP, cause no one else has the guts to do so.

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  • Azad
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @Usman Lakha

    Imagine Bilawal President – AMG PM…………will top the list of transparency international

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