Taking action on the allegations brought forth by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) against Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) Secretary Zafar Abbas Luk, the Supreme Court (SC) declared all directives issued by the latter invalid.
The court rescinded all directives issued by Luk and held him directly responsible for the problems pertaining to the investigation. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry noted that orders pertaining to the stoppage of funds by the MNC Secretary were intended to create obstacles in the investigation. The SC, in its order, also maintained that the ANF has authority to probe the matter.
The SC also barred the MNC Secretary from working as the ANF Director General (DG) and cancelled all recent transfers in the force. The court was lenient, however, regarding the army’s decision to call back former ANF DG Major General Shakeel Hussain and directed defence authorities to decide his future.
On Thursday, ANF Regional Director Brigadier Fahim Ahmed Khan in his statement before the SC alleged that Luk took over as acting MNC Secretary to deliberately sabotage investigations into the Ephedrine scandal. Brig Khan also accused Luk of association with the accused in the case.
Responding to allegations against him in the court, Zafar Abbas Luk accused the ANF of fabricating cases implicating innocent people. He claimed to hold proof regarding the matter and went a step further, saying, “Tomorrow the ANF might even incriminate the prime minister by planting heroin in his car.” He alleged the ANF officials were mutinous and dishonest and claimed he would resign if his accusations were untrue.
Meanwhile, despite his father’s directives, Ali Musa Gilani failed to return to Pakistan to attend the court hearing. The PM had asked his son to return immediately and be party to the Ephedrine case investigations.
Appearing on Ali Musa’s behalf, Salman Akram Raja told the court that the former had been advised to join the investigations and if need be, appear in court proceedings. Raja added that he will file a concise statement on Ali Musa’s behalf. The SC directed Sheikh Rasheed, who has pleaded to be party to the case, to contact the ANF in this regard.
The SC also accepted an application submitted on behalf of Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, by Raja asking the latter be made a party to the proceedings.
The court will resume hearing after three weeks.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2012.