ISLAMABAD – An Anti Narcotics Force investigation officer probing the Rs7 billion drug scam involving PM Gilani’s son has summoned Narcotics Control Ministry acting Secretary Zaffar Abbas, Principal Secretary to PM Khushnood Lashari and others on April 19.

Deputy Director ANF Abid Zulfiqar, said to be one of the best officers ANF ever has, issued summons to the incumbent and former top officials of the Ministry of Narcotics Control following reports they were causing hurdles in the investigation.

“Both the officials (Zaffar and Lashari) have been advised to appear before the investigation panel on April 19 to clarify their position,” a source privy to the development told TheNation on Sunday. A team of investigators is probing the multi-billion rupee drug scam in which name of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa Gilani surfaced last month.

According to sources, the investigation team is keen to question Khushnood Lashari for writing and sending a strong-worded letter to ANF Rawalpindi region chief Brig Faheem Ahmed, accusing him of concealing crucial facts and ‘misdirecting’ the Supreme Court.

While, the sources said, the well-reputed deputy director Abid Zulfiqar, widely known as ‘Mr Clean’ among his colleagues, is expected to question Zafar Abbas for his non-cooperation in investigation.

The Supreme Court took notice of this case and directed the Anti-Narcotics Force to thoroughly investigate the matter that how did the two pharmaceutical companies managed to get out-of-turn, huge quota for ephedrine from the Federal Health Ministry. The scam involves the violation of rules while awarding contract to import 9,000kgs of ephedrine to two companies allegedly under the influence of Prime Minister’s son Ali Musa Gilani. This substance is used to synthesis medicines for cold, flu and asthma but is also used in such dangerous drugs as heroine.

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

Following the recommendations, the ANF initiated investigation against 10 people, including Dr Rashid Juma, Iftikhar Ahmed Babar, Rizwan Ahmed Khan, Ihsanur Rehman, Tanvirul Hassan Shirazi, Chaudhry Abdul Waheed, Ansar Farooq Chaudhry, Col (r) Tahir Lahoti, Muhammad Hashim Khan and Tauqir Ali Khan.

According ANF officials, the investigation of this alleged scam was dropped after it hit Tauqir Ahmed Khan who, presenting himself as Musa’s personal secretary, got the quota approved. According to rules, every pharmaceutical company was entitled to get a quantity of 500kgs of ephedrine, but the ministry ignored 20 companies and granted 9,000kgs quota to only two companies.