Muhammad Hanif Abbasi: The popular Pakistani businessman and politician

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Muhammad Hanif Abbasi: The popular Pakistani businessman and politician

Muhammad Hanif Abbasi is a popular Pakistani businessman and politician. He was appointed as a member of the National Assembly of the state Pakistan, representing the city Rawalpindi, on the ticket of the Pakistan Muslim League, in the year 2008. He was engaged in an ephedrine controversy in the year 2012.

Early life and education

Muhammad Hanif Abbasi was born in the city of Lahore on the day of 4 January 1966. His father is Muhammad Khalil Abbasi and he has 4 brothers; and 1 sister. He gained study in the Muslim League High School in the city of Lahore and went on to attend the FC College and University of the Punjab.

He began his career as a cricketer in the city of Rawalpindi in the year 1986.

Political career of Muhammad Hanif Abbasi

As a proposed member of the right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abbasi gained an upset win in the year 2002 by-elections for the NA-56 (Rawalpindi VII) constituency, defeating Sheikh Rashid Shafiq. In the year 2008 Abbasi became the member of centre-right party Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and gained victory against the Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq’s uncle, by a huge margin in the general election. In that election, Abbasi collected 73, 433 votes.

Abbasi was the PML-N’s applicant representing NA-56 in the year of 2013 general elections. He stood against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in the year 2013. Imran Khan gained victory with difference of 13356 votes.

Controversy

Muhammad Hanif Abbasi owns a pharmaceutical wholesale business. He is famous as Ephedrine Abbasi the drug smuggler. In the month of July 2012 the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) submitted a case in the Lahore High Court alleging that Abbasi and various co-workers misused 500 kg (1,100 lb) of ephedrine. The ANF filed FIR saying that Abbasi’s company gained far more than the legal limit of ephedrine. The prosecutor stated that Abbasi smuggled the quota to surrounding country rather than utilize it in the local production of medicines. Abbasi and 2 others were freed on bail. Abbasi has refused the charge, calling it “a blatant political victimization”.

 

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