Pakistan’s Supreme Court has turned down a request from authorities to close a case of “irregularities” in the import of a chemical that allegedly involved Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani’s younger son Ali Musa Gilani.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry rejected the request from the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) yesterday while hearing a petition filed by a regional director of the ANF.
Ali Musa Gilani was recently elected a member of the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament in a bypoll in Multan.
Earlier,the Prime Minister’s elder son,Abdul Qadir Gilani,was linked to alleged corruption in the arrangement of the Haj pilgrimage in 2010.
The apex court ordered the ANF to submit an investigation report on out-of-turn quotas for importing raw materials that were granted to two pharmaceutical companies by the Health Ministry,allegedly under the influence of Ali Musa Gilani.
The regional director from the ANF informed the court that a quota of 9,000 kg had been granted to Berlex Labs International and Denis Pharmaceutical though the official limit for the concerned chemical is 500 kg.
The chemical,commonly known as the “poor man’s cocaine,” is used to make a medicine called ‘Ephedrine’ to cure common cold,flu and asthma.