Drug quota scandal: Premier takes Cabinet into confidence over son

Published: April 12, 2012
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The premier recalled that his elder son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, was also incriminated in the Hajj scandal earlier – and later the Chief Justice directed the authorities to register a case against the MNA who leveled allegations on Abdul Qadir merely on the basis of hearsay.

The premier recalled that his elder son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, was also incriminated in the Hajj scandal earlier – and later the Chief Justice directed the authorities to register a case against the MNA who leveled allegations on Abdul Qadir merely on the basis of hearsay.

ISLAMABAD: As media hype surrounding his son’s alleged involvement in a drug scandal gains momentum, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani took his Cabinet colleagues into confidence against what he termed “a malicious campaign” against Ali Musa Gilani.

The cabinet is said to have expressed solidarity with the prime minister on the issue.

The premier, at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said that inquiries conducted by various departments and ministries made no mention of influence exercised by Ali Musa in their findings.

An official statement issued by Prime Minister’s House said that an inquiry committee was set up under the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, and included the federal drug inspector, the deputy director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the chairman quality control Islamabad. The committee did not find any evidence of Ali Musa’s involvement.

The chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Interior constituted another committee to ascertain the substance used by pharmaceutical companies in the country and the second committee arrived at the same conclusion, with no mention of Ali Musa, the press release said.

A joint investigation committee constituted by former health minister was tasked to establish the violation of the procedure in granting quota to the recipients and that team, too, found no evidence of Ali Musa’s involvement in the case, the press release added.

Ephedrine, the drug in question, is to be dealt with under the Drug Act 1976 and not under Control of Narcotics Substance Act 1977 because it is a “locally-manufactured, controlled chemical, distributed yearly by the Ministry of Health under Drug Act 1976,” the statement said.

There is no evidence that ephedrine is converted to manufacture ecstasy or cocaine in Pakistan, it stated, adding that the local price of the drug is about Rs7,000 per kg and the “figure of billions of rupees is a conscious effort to mislead the people.”

The premier also recalled that his elder son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, was also incriminated in the Hajj scandal earlier – and later the Chief Justice of Pakistan directed the authorities to register a case against the MNA who leveled allegations on Abdul Qadir merely on the basis of hearsay, he said.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the federal Cabinet expressed solidarity with the prime minister over the issue.

Cabinet members expressed “grave concern” over the “character assassination” of the premier’s family members, she added.

Other decisions

Earlier on Wednesday, the Cabinet reviewed its performance and granted approval to several decisions.

The Cabinet secretary briefed lawmakers about the Citizens Damage Compensation Programme underway in the areas affected by the 2010 floods.

So far, 1.7 million families have been paid through Watan Cards, the secretary said.

Meanwhile the finance secretary briefed the Cabinet on the consumer price index, saying that prices of 28 items have increased during the last week.

The Cabinet granted its approval for initiating negotiations on draft agreements with China, Oman and Kyrgyzstan on cooperation in combating illicit traffic of narcotics drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.

The Cabinet also reviewed the implementation status of its decisions pertaining to Religious Affairs, Revenue and Science & Technology Research Divisions. The body was informed that 87%, 79% and 78% of decisions pertaining to the three divisions respectively have been implemented.

The Cabinet also prayed for the early recovery of the Army personnel and civilians trapped under snow in Siachen.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Blithe
    Apr 12, 2012 - 5:35AM

    The most corrupt PM in Pakistan’s history..,
    Congratulations, you have taken over the position from BB.

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  • Faisal
    Apr 12, 2012 - 6:59AM

    Maybe they should have cases heard in parliament and then finish off with courts. After all parliament is supreme ….

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 12, 2012 - 7:57AM

    The PM gives me as much confidence as a Second Hand Car Salesman. I can just see the Cabinet snickering below their breadth when he was taken them into CONFIDENCE.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:01AM

    The Cabinet comprises individuals being investigated or in various stages of Indictment. They have all completed their Immigration Landing Cards for UK’s Birder Control Agency in advance. These days all criminals and fugitives from justice head for the UK as if it was the new Australia for them!!!!

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  • omer
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Partners in crime. shame on us for electing them.

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  • Aik pakistan
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Oh. It’s political victimization & media trial of a poor & honest family……How many children’s he has? All are involove in politics? Then they have all the right to make money for their political future….. I wonder if any good news comes from this party or any honest man left with them :)……Why don’t you make Parliament a supreme council & finish of all matter relates to big & powerful man. Only the Middle & lower class should face the courts..

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  • Karim
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:56AM

    The most corrupt and inefficient PM in the history.

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  • NuPak
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:05AM

    No body’s is perfect!

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  • Malik
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:23AM

    Don Gill of Multan Drug Cartel, you beat even the Colombian Drug Cartel, because they are not directly in politics, meeting Obama, etc.

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:45AM

    As per many articles of constitution, Aitaz Ahsan can prove that PM’s son is innocent.

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  • Karim
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Corruption is the major obstacle to economic development because it undermines good governance, sustainable development and fair business practices

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  • Asad Hasan
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:24AM

    I would like to know how many other politicians in the developed world have their sons as members of Parliament, one an MNA, the other an MPA. Talk about family political parties.
    There should be rule that no party should have blood relations as members of the same party, such as employment policies follwed in the WB, ADB and other well known organisations.

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  • salman
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:41AM

    Certainly the most corrupt government in the history of pakistan . . . . . thanks to USA for insuring this by NRO !!!

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  • SaQiB
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Well done Mr. Crime Minister

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  • Usman
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:05PM

    justice should be done by court not parliament. parliament forum is used to make constitutions not to deliver just its courts function to give discretion on any allegation free and fair.
    Jagooo Pakistan

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  • Yasir Hameed
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:10PM

    Congrats! prime minister you and family have set some unbreakable records of corruption. a feat, all of you should be proud of. i sincerely hope that in the remaining time of your term, you and your family would further improve this record.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:42PM

    Corruption is the backbone of PPP.

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  • Farooq M
    Apr 12, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Make your father proud son. Well done.

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  • Apr 12, 2012 - 5:58PM

    where there are phiolosophiers are kings there is not going to be a mistake – said Plato – in this country word spoken by ‘p.m. president are law, these are Plato’s kings.

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  • Kanwal
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:12PM

    I dont beleive how misleading this government is. Pls read the following link.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice/factfile_az/ephedrine

    Not only in itself, but this chemical can be used to prepare another highly addictive drug (Crystal Meth; an illegal Class A drug!) whose details can be found on the link I posted above.
    And also, the cabinet thinks it can make us all fool? This substance clearly falls into the category of addictive drug as it can be used to make Crystal Meth from it.
    These sicko feudals need to be thrown out of this country before its too late!

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  • K Niaz
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:35PM

    What a bunch of crap. Pakistan is signatory to the UN convention on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances of 1988 as well as the previous conventions. According to the 1988 conventiono Ephedrine is a schedule I precursor under international control. Similarly, under the Control of Narcotics Drugs ACT 1997 all chemical precursors to narcotic drugs (including Ephedrine) need to be controlled. Considering that there is an emerging market of methamphetamine in South Asia, the 10 tons of ephedring could have been used to manufacture methamphetamine and market elsewhere or even locally at lucrative prices. The 2010-11 quota of ephedrine for Pakistan by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) was 20 tons and this quota of 10 tons was in addition to as well as in violation of the limits set. So irrespective of who was involved, many illegal actions, in contravention with international laws and conventions were taken.

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  • alicia
    Apr 13, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Ephedrine can be used to make heroine to put in simple terms. End of story.
    Even in a country like Pk its sale purchase is controlled thoroughly. Shame on PM and Musa Gilani they are spreading drugies in our country.
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  • Dr.Tahir
    Apr 13, 2012 - 11:47PM

    Instead of Roti, Kapda and Makan, the PPP is not only killing us with drugs of abuse but also charging the money for the same. Basically PPP is poisoning the nation and also demanding the cost of the poison also!!!! . Shame on we sheeple because we are the ones voting for these murderers.

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