Ephedrine case: ANF arrests former DG health

Published: June 8, 2012
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Hafeez arrested for illegally allocating quota for local use, meant for exporting. PHOTO: FILE

Hafeez arrested for illegally allocating quota for local use, meant for exporting. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) arrested a former director-general health on Friday for illegally allotting the quota of ephedrine for local use which was meant for exporting.

Former DG health Asad Hafeez had allocated this quota during his tenure at the health department.

Hafeez was later produced before ANF Magistrate Shafqatullah Khan by ANF in order to obtain his legal custody.

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.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Anserali Khan
    Jun 8, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Allocating 31,000kg of the drug Ephedrine is sheer criminal.

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  • not impressed
    Jun 8, 2012 - 8:58PM

    people are saying lahore especially has been flooded with ecstasy pills in the last couple of months and that the pills are ‘pakistani’ (as compared to before when the only pills being sold were foreign smuggled ones’ – ephedrine makes up a large part of fake pills:

    “Ephedrine is a common constitutent of “fake” ecstasy pills, commonly associated with caffeine and/or procaine. Many of the effects of ephedrine are similar to those associated with ecstasy-type drugs (stimulation, increased energy, exercise tolerance, sexual openness, reduced aggression, disturbances of perception, insomnia, tremor and euphoria/exaltation). However, the drug would not appear to have the same subjective effects on empathy, or on repetitive movements which are associated with ecstasy use, or sought by users of ecstasy drugs.”

    There are thousands of young people all over the country buying ecstasy, that’s millions of rupees – this is an even bigger scam than we think.

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  • Loony toon
    Jun 9, 2012 - 12:47AM

    PPP bringing happiness to the youth their new slogan is turn on tune in and drop out. Just wait till they get elected again then it’s going to be the real thing. Such democracy PPP style when they mean revenge it’s not towards the army it is towards the people.

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