In a significant verdict, the Lahore High Court (LHC) cleared PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi of all charges in the controversial ephedrine quota case, reversing his previous life sentence. The court highlighted the lack of concrete evidence against Abbasi in the smuggling and illegal use of ephedrine, deeming the case potentially politically motivated. This decision came after critical points were raised about the legal aspects of possessing ephedrine and whether Abbasi’s involvement was proven beyond reasonable doubt.
Reactions and Implications of the Verdict
Following his acquittal, Hanif Abbasi publicly thanked divine justice and his party leader, Nawaz Sharif, for their support. He recalled the personal and professional challenges he and his family endured during this period, emphasizing his continuous faith in his innocence. Abbasi’s release marks a crucial moment for the PML-N ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s anticipated return, signalling potential shifts in the political landscape.