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Ali Musa Gilani

The Agony about “Ecstasy”

Talking to the media, Col (Retd) Syed Akhtar Abbas, Director Legal of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), confirmed the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) probe into Pakistan’s import of “Ephedrine” during 2010 beyond its stipulated international quota. Published on its website the INCB 2011 report, said that it was “increasingly concerned about the diversion and attempted diversion of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine in Pakistan that began emerging in 2010.” As a controlled chemical, “Ephedrine” is only allowed to be used internationally in prescribed quantities. To quote Abbas, “Only a miniscule portion (150 Kgs) of the actual stock that was received by two pharmaceutical companies (6500 Kgs and 2500 Kgs) – Berlex Labs of Multan and Danas Pvt Ltd of Islamabad – was actually used in preparing medicines, the rest of the controlled substance went ‘missing’. This was illegally smuggled, investigations show that approximately Rs.7 billion profit was made from the smuggled chemical”.