An anti-narcotics court on Saturday has reserved the verdict in ephedrine quota case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi.
Sheikh Rasheed, Hanif Abbasi's arch rival in Rawalpindi, said the election has become one-sided after the judgement.
A ruckus was witnessed outside the court as PML-N supporters chanted slogans following the announcement of the verdict. The directives issued by the high court, Mr Abbasi argued, were meant to keep a candidate, contesting the elections, busy in the case rather than concentrating on electioneering.
The defence lawyer was directed to complete his arguments till afternoon.
A day earlier, Judge Mohammad Akram Khan had rejected Hanif Abbasi's plea to delay the trial's deadline, noting that it has to follow orders of the Lahore High Court.
Hanif Abbasi and eight others were accused in the ephedrine quota case.
The Anti-Narcotics Force had registered a case against Abbasi and his alleged accomplices in June 2012 under various sections of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act.
Hanif Abbasi was accused of stealing 500kg of the controlled chemical ephedrine, obtaining it in 2010, and selling it to narcotics smugglers.
On July 11, the LHC Rawalpindi Bench, deciding on a plea filed by Shahid Orakzai, had ordered that the trial will be conducted daily from July 16 onwards and concluded on July 21.
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.
The case is being heard by a Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court in Rawalpindi.
Party's president Shehbaz Sharif cried foul over the decision by saying "The timing and manner of judgement of Hanif Abbasi clearly shows a discriminatory attitude towards PML-N, targeting our Party on the eve of the polls when PML-N is on the verge of winning the polls".