Abbasi was arrested shortly after the verdict was delivered from the court.
An anti-drug court in Pakistan has sentenced Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi to life imprisonment in an eight-year-old ephedrine case.
The eight-year-old case was related to the delivery of ephedrine to a drug smuggler.
Hanif Abbasi, the PML-N candidate against Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, failed to defend and file charges against him after the verdict was released late Saturday evening. This has been confirmed, The Express Tribune reported ,
The Anti-Drug Group (ANF) officials later arrested the PML-N leader, who was also banned from the July 25 polls because of his conviction. 1
The court had the verdict, which was announced after several hours of delay, reserved 11 clock. (19659003) Strict security measures were taken at court with the use of large numbers of police officers
PML-N workers and supporters were also present, and in large numbers, demonstrators began protesting after the verdict was delivered to the main gate of the court , They also broke glass panes of the building and raised slogans.
Abbasi told Daily Express that he was neither apologized nor disappointed with the verdict.
"I will challenge the ruling before the Supreme Court," he said. According to a TV station, the ANF officials detained Abbasi and escorted him through the door into the judges' chamber instead of using the court's central gate.
Abbasi was arrested shortly after the judgment was delivered from the court
The case involved the illegal distribution of ephedrine quotas worth 7 billion Pakistani rupees to two pharmaceutical companies – Berlex Lab International and Danas Pharmaceutical
in addition to Abbasi Ali Musa Gilani – son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin was also charged in the case.
The political commitment of the military and the ISI is seldom openly discussed for fear of repercussions. Human rights defenders have long accused the ISI of abducting and torturing human rights activists, journalists and dissenting voices.
Journalists in Pakistan say they have been under unprecedented pressure from the authorities before the election.
Almost 106 million Pakistanis, including more than 19 million new voters, will be able to vote on Wednesday.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who came to power in 2013, hopes for a new mandate under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif, a brother of the ousted Nawaz . His biggest challenger is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by former national team captain Imran Khan.
The Pakistani People's Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – son of Murdered Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto – could be a rival to his rival by coalition with a kingmaker.