The Islamabad Supreme Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended PML-N Hanif Abbasi from acting prime minister (SAPM) until further notice on May 27.
IHC IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the order while hearing a complaint lodged by Interior Minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rashid, who opposed Abbasi’s appointment as SAPM on the grounds of his 2018 sentencing in the case. -ephedrine.
Abbasi was introduced as SAPM, with the status of a federal minister, on April 27. However, he has not yet been allocated a portfolio.
In the last case on May 9, the court ordered Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to reconsider Abbasi’s appointment “if the sentence was not set aside”.
In a further debate today, Justice Minallah noted that a convicted person cannot be in the public domain.
However, Abbasi adviser Ahsan Bhoon said the SAPM office was different from other public offices.
When the chief justice ruled that the court would bar Abbasi from serving as SAPM until the next day of trial, Boon argued that it would be like “releasing concrete” on the applicant (Rashid).
However, Justice Minallah said he hoped Abbasi would not use the public office until the next meeting.
“SAPM’s job is to advise the prime minister, he can do so without his knowledge,” he said.
Thereafter, the trial was adjourned until May 27.
Rashid filed a petition challenging Abbasi’s appointment on May 6 through his lawyer Barrister Sajeel Shaharyar in which the Cabinet and Abbasi were appointed as respondents.
The petition showed that the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) on July 21, 2012 registered the FIR against Abbasi under Sections 9-C, 14 and 15 under the Narcotics Substance Act, 1997 by selling -500kg ephedrine for drug carriers instead of use. controlled chemical in medicine.
According to the indictment, two officials were Arafaat Traders, a pharmaceutical company based in Karachi where Abbasi claimed to have supplied 11,000 ephedrine tablets containing anti-retroviral drugs. Challan has been revealed, although the same company previously confirmed before the ANF that Abbasi supplied them with ephedrine-containing tablets.
A CNS court on July 21, 2018 found Abbasi guilty of selling 500kg of ephedrine to narcotics traffickers and the PML-N leader was fined R1 million and a life sentence in prison.
Seven other defendants were acquitted in the case.
The sentence, however, was suspended in April 2019.
Rashid, in the petition, explained that the Lahore High Court vide order of 11 April 2019 “suspended the sentence of Defendant No. [Abbasi] not condemnation ”he added, adding that the condemnation stood firm in all its forms.
Explaining the difference between sentencing and suspension, the petition stated that “in criminal law, there really is a big difference between a sentence and a sentence. (Imprisonment or a fine or both) for being guilty of that crime.”
After that, Abbasi was “not allowed to hold public office”, the petitioner said.
It said “in mid-April 2022, due to a change of government, a new government was formed and the 2nd respondent was appointed as a special aide to the prime minister.”
The petition called the appointment illegal, illegal and unconstitutional as Abbasi was naturally barred from holding the top government post.
The petition asked the court to set aside the notice of Abbasi’s appointment as SAPM.