Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi was given life imprisonment in the ephedrine quota case by an anti-narcotics court in Rawalpindi on Saturday night.
Abbasi was arrested from the premises of the court soon after the sentence was announced. The court, however, acquitted seven other accused in the case.
Initial reports suggest that Abbasi will be sent to Adiala jail, the same prison where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are serving their sentences in the Avenfield reference.
A ruckus was witnessed outside the court as PML-N supporters chanted slogans following the announcement of the verdict.
Abbasi was to contest upcoming general election against Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid from Rawalpindi’s NA-60 constituency on PML-N’s ticket. However, with today’s verdict he will be automatically disqualified from contesting any polls.