Islamabad (Web Desk): A special Anti-Narcotics Court has charged former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani's son Ali Musa Gillani and 10 others in the ephedrine case.

The accused include Ali Musa Gillani, former health minister Makhdum Shahabuddin, health ministry official Abdul Sattar and Dr Abdul Khaliq.

The case which rocked the PPP government in March 2011 involves two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas, that allegedly used political connections to obtain huge amounts of ephedrine and are suspected of diverting it to people in the drug trade who could have used it to make methamphetamine worth billions of dollars.

The companies have denied any wrongdoing.

The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for May 12, in which the accused are expected to present their arguments.