ISLAMABAD - Having special powers in hand obtained by a local court of Rawalpindi, the ANF raiding team is expecting to arrest Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, within a couple of days.

“With special powers to raid any place in the country including the PM House and Presidency, we are confident to get hold of junior Gilani soon in case if he is hiding in country,” an official of Ministry of Narcotics Control told TheNation on Sunday. Perturbed by the bureaucratic hurdles in the way to nab Ali Musa Gilani, the ANF acquired search warrants from a special magistrate of local court of Rawalpindi on Saturday. The search warrants equipped the ANF raiding team with special powers to search for the high profile accused anywhere in country.

“ANF raiding team has managed to get special powers which enabled the force (ANF) to have access to Presidency to get hold of the accused in case if he is hiding there,” an official of ANF said on Sunday.

It is important to mention here that a special magistrate of local court of Rawalpindi on Saturday issued a search warrant against Ali Musa Gilani to make his arrest possible in the ephedrine case. After receiving the search warrant, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) team can then arrest the accused Ali Musa Gilani from anywhere, including the Prime Minister House or Presidency.

“We are continuously raiding suspected places to arrest the prime accused Ali Musa Gilani in the Ephedrine quota scam. We were facing some problems in arresting him, however, with the valid search warrants in our hand, we expect to get hold of him very soon,” an official of Anti-Narcotics Force told TheNation.

The sources from Ministry of Narcotics Control told this scribe that the Islamabad police were not cooperating with the ANF raiding team in locating and arresting Musa who is believed to be hiding in the federal capital territory.

Even though the sources from ANF did not directly accuse the Islamabad Capital Police for its non-cooperation in arresting Musa, yet they cited bureaucratic hurdles to arrest him.

It is pertinent to mention here that ANF or any law enforcement agency is bound to take permission from the Islamabad capital police to arrest any accused suspected to be living under its jurisdiction. Currently, the ANF raiding teams are raiding suspected places to arrest Musa.

Last Week, a court of Rawalpindi had issued arrest warrants for former federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani for their alleged involvement in the ephedrine scam involving Rs 7 billion.

Utterly alarmed by the situation, Shahabuddin managed to obtain pre-arrest bail from the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on June 22. Shahabuddin’s name as candidate for the prime minister was withdrawn at the eleventh hour after a court had issued his non-bailable arrest warrants.

He later appeared before the Chief Justice PHC, Dost Muhammad Khan who granted his seven-day bail against the surety bonds of Rs 2 million. The ephedrine quota scam involves the violation of rules while awarding a contract to import 9,000-kg ephedrine to two companies allegedly under the influence of Ali Musa Gilani. This substance is used to synthesis medicines for cold, flu and asthma but is also used in some dangerous drugs as heroin.

The matter was raised in the National Assembly in 2009 and the then health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin had formed a committee to give recommendations.

Following the directives of Supreme Court, which ordered a free and fair probe, the ANF quizzed Musa Gilani last month, but he denied the allegations levelled against him and assured the investigation team of his readiness to cooperate. However, presently he has gone into hiding.