[The Express Tribune 14, April 2019]

Two days after the Lahore High Court (LHC) suspended Hanif Abbasi’s life sentence in the ephedrine quota case, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was released from Camp jail in Lahore on Saturday. A large number of party workers and supporters had gathered outside the prison to welcome their leader on his release. They showered rose petals and chanted slogans in his and the party leadership’s favour, Express News reported.

The high court had accepted Abbasi’s bail plea on April 11. However, the certificate for his release could only be issued today after verification on receiving two surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

On Thursday, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Aalia Neelum, accepted the PML-N’s petition filed in January in which he maintained that the jail term and a fine of Rs10 million handed down to him last year should be suspended.