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The Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court special judge Saturday awarded life imprisonment to Pakistan PML-N ex-MNA and candidate from NA-60, Muhammad Hanif Abbasi while announcing the verdict in ephedrine smuggling case.

Hanif Abbasi was the fourth PML-N leader disqualified and sentenced by the courts before the election.

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The court acquitted other seven accused in the ephedrine case due to insufficient evidence. Those acquitted are Nasir Khan, Basit Abbasi (brother of Hanif Abbasi), Siraj Abbasi, Mohsin Khurshid, Nazakat, Ghazanfar and Ahmed Bilal.

With conviction in ephedrine smuggling case, Hanif Abbasi stands disqualified and can’t contest the election. He was contesting the election on the ticket of PML-N against Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed who is also enjoying the support of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. The court also imposed fine of Rs 1 million on Hanif Abbasi. In case of nonpayment of fine, he will have to spend two more years behind bars, the court held.

Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) investigators arrested Hanif Abbasi with a lot of difficulties after the announcement of the verdict as scores of leaders and workers of PML-N tried to hinder his capture. The workers also ransacked the courtroom.

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