Ephedrine case: Make me an immunity-granted witness too, says Ali Musa Gilani

Former DG health, who had earlier gone missing, appeared before court today to record his statement.

Sidrah Moiz/web Desk July 16, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Taking a jab at the inquiry conducted by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in the ephedrine quota scandal and the recent emergence of two accused as immunity-granted witnesses, Ali Musa Gilani said on Monday that although he is “not even accused in the case” he would also like to “volunteer as an immunity-granted witness,” Express News reported.

Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, Gilani blamed the media for misreporting events in the ephedrine scandal and said, “It is the media, because of which, suo motu notices are taken. Media should report objectively.”

‘Missing’ DG health appears before trial court

In a surprising development, former director-general health Dr Rasheed Jumma who had previously gone missing appeared before the trial court today to record his statement.

Dr Jumma’s statement was recorded by ANF’s investigation team.

In his statement, he revealed that he was pressurised by the former health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, former health secretary Khushnood Lashari and Gilani for the allotment of the ephedrine quota to Danas pharmaceutical company and Berlex Limited.

The former DG health said that Danas pharmaceutical company and Berlex Limited were allotted a quota of 2,500kg and 6,500kg of ephedrine, respectively.

He further revealed that the three men had also pressurised him for the sale of ephedrine within Pakistan which was meant for export purposes.

Dr Jumma prayed to the court that he should be provided security now that he had become an immunity-granted witness.


Abid P Khan | 9 years ago | Reply @Aurangzeb Humayun Chowdhry: "Now the this group of present regime must be looking for an other General Musharraf who can come and rescue them." . Until recently, there were two contenders for power in the country bullets or the ballot box. The army, as the prevailing situation was not following orders from the White House that willingly, for the reasons of their own. The next best thing was to marry the khakis with their favourite "Daughter of the West", who had run breathlessly in the power corridors of DC. The legal adviser of Musharraf had it communicated to DC folk that BB's slate was not all that clean, which may cause problems in the future. One phone call to Switzerland from someone in DC made the Swiss authorities to give in. Musharraf threw in a sweetener for all those who were in the game. From top to bottom every one became squeaky clean. NRO had inbuilt flaws for it to run smoothly. We now, have judiciary as a distinct node of power. IK was clever enough to read the mood of the power brokers in time. Islamists who were a no no in the earlier developments in the Arab world are now a favourite horse. PTI has positioned itself even to the further right of JI. Superficially, keeping an anti West posture, hoping for a positive fall out. In whichever direction we sail people won't take to the streets. The cold winter night will last till eternity.
Avatar | 9 years ago | Reply

@Tahir Ahmad: Agreed sir, most people don't have a clue what the reality is, Makhdoom Shahab was the one who actually started the inquiry and he just got framed because gilani did not want another PM from southern punjab.

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