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Hanif Abbasi tenders resignation as SAPM after IHC verdict

  • IHC barred Abbasi from holding public office because of his conviction in Ephedrine case
  • Former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed challenged Abbasi’s notification as a SAPM
  • Abbasi has been convicted in an ephedrine quota case against which an appeal regarding his sentence is pending in the Lahore High Court
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    ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Hanif Abbasi on Thursday confirmed that he has tendered his resignation in light of the Islamabad High Court verdict.

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz stalwart expressed his gratitude to PM Shehbaz Sharif for showing his confidence in him for the post.

Islamabad High Court (IHC), earlier, barred Abbasi from holding the post on grounds that a person convicted in any case is ineligible to hold any public office in the country. On May 6, former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed challenged Abbasi’s notification as a SAPM.

According to the petition, Abbasi has been convicted in an ephedrine quota case against which an appeal regarding his sentence is pending in the Lahore High Court. The petitioner said that a convicted person cannot be appointed as the SAPM.

Earlier, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had issued a notice to the Cabinet Division directing the premier to review the decision following which a summary was sent to PM Shehbaz to review the appointment of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi as his special assistant.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) earlier issued a notice to the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on a civil miscellaneous application of PML-N leader Raja Hanif Abbasi for early hearing of his appeal against sentence in ephedrine quota case and its transfer from Rawalpindi seat to principal seat.

The LHC had suspended life imprisonment of Abbasi on April 11, 2019 and released him on bail.

Advocate Ahsan Bhoon appeared on behalf of Abbasi as Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan took up his application.

The counsel argued that the appeal of his client against the sentence was pending with the court for over four years. He said the appeal should be decided without further delay as the next general election in the country was going to be held soon.

The judge issued a notice to the ANF and sought its reply by May 18.

A special court for control of narcotics substance (CNS) had awarded life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs1 million to Abbasi days before the last general elections on July 21, 2018 in the ephedrine quota case.

The ANF had registered the case against Abbasi and others in 2012 under sections 9-C, 14 and 15 of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act for misuse of 500kg of ephedrine.

Courtesy Bol News

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