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Gilani’s son returns home after being named in ephedrine case

Anti-Narcotics Force officials should remain "within the limits of the law and the Constitution",Gilani said.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa has cut short his honeymoon in South Africa and returned to Pakistan after being named as an accused in a case of alleged irregularities in the import of a large amount of the controlled drug Ephedrine.

Ali Musa,who was recently elected to the National Assembly or lower house of parliament,returned to the country last night after he was asked by the premier to come back and face the charges against him.

The Anti-Narcotics Force last week named Ali Musa among the accused in the Ephedrine scam. The premier has said his son is being framed in a politically motivated case.

The Supreme Court is examining allegations about out-of-turn quotas for importing Ephedrine that were granted to two pharmaceutical companies by the Health Ministry,allegedly under the influence of Ali Musa.

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Speaking at an official function shortly after the ANF named his son as an accused,Gilani said he was being “punished for standing by the President”.

He accused ANF’s Regional Director Brig Fahim Ahmad Khan,an army officer,of exceeding his powers and violating the rules of the government.

ANF officials should remain “within the limits of the law and the Constitution”,Gilani said.

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Noting that the ANF Regional Director was on secondment to a civilian institution from the army,Gilani said he was not following the “rules and law of procedure”.

He said he would stand by Zardari through “thick and thin” and would not leave the President in the lurch at any cost.

Gilani said his son was being charged in a “baseless case” and that he was saddened by the fact that he himself was being made to face the courts even after being elected the country’s premier.

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Gilani’s remarks about being punished for standing by the President were an apparent reference to his refusal to act on the Supreme Court’s orders to approach Swiss authorities to revive cases of alleged money laundering against Zardari.

The apex court has initiated contempt proceedings against Gilani for failing to act on its directives.

The premier had earlier said he would rather be jailed for contempt than write to the Swiss government to reopen the cases against Zardari,who is also the head of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.

First published on: 22-04-2012 at 15:32 IST
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