Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Incarcerated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, Hanif Abbasi was shifted to District Jail Attock from Rawalpindi’s Adiala prison amid tight surveillance, early Saturday.

Abbasi was shifted to Attock Jail on the directives of DIG Rawalpindi region, who approved the relocation on two-member committee’s findings after his photograph with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif went viral on the internet.

Nawaz Sharif was imprisoned in the same facility after being convicted in the Avenfield reference, however, after the suspension of his conviction on Wednesday, a photograph featuring Haneef Abbasi and former premier sitting in the superintendent’s office stumped the internet, prompting the authorities in Punjab to take stern action.

Scores of social media users wondered as to how a camera was carried inside the jail and Abbasi was allowed to meet the former premier.

The Pindiite was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court in the ephedrine quota case on July 21, three days before general elections.

The court had acquitted seven other accused in the case, giving them the benefit of doubt, however, ruled that 363kg of ephedrine quota could be accounted for.

Hanif Abbasi jailed for life in Ephedrine quota case

ANF  registered a case against PML-N leader and his accomplices in June 2012 under sections 9-C, 14 and 15 of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act for misuse of 500kg of ephedrine which he obtained for his company, Gray Pharmaceutical, in 2010.

Hanif Abbasi has filed an appeal against his conviction before the LHC Rawalpindi.