LAHORE – Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that if Sheikh Rashid Ahmad did not withdraw his statement calling the long march bloody and gave assurances of a peaceful march, then he would not be allowed to leave his house.
Speaking to the media after attending a hearing here on Saturday, he said there were a series of allegations against Farah Gogi, a close friend of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife. He said that Usman Buzdar was a fake chief minister and was appointed to carry out orders through Farah Gogi. He said that Farah Gogi had raised billions of rupees through secondments and transfers and so far transactions of one billion rupees had been detected which had been sent overseas.
“Imran Khan launched an amnesty program for the benefit of Farah Gogi, and she took full advantage of it,” he added. He said investigations were underway into allegations and cases would be registered when credible evidence was found. If necessary, red warrants will be issued to bring Farah Gogi back, he added.
The minister said that Imran Khan had registered bogus cases against the then opposition leaders and had a personal interest in them. He said Imran Khan had spent three and a half years filing such cases and had not carried out any public welfare work.
He said Imran Khan used the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Anti-Corruption Establishment and other departments to file complaints against him for a year, but failed. Then they brought this false case of drug trafficking against him, said the Minister of the Interior.
He said Imran Khan should be ashamed of filing bogus cases, in which people were released on bail or continued to appear in court. “It is a gesture on our part that we respect the courts, while the shameless group claims that the entire cabinet is out on bail,” he added.
While questioning fake cases, Rana Sanaullah said that a case of 15 kg of heroin was registered against him. He said Shahzad Akbar approached an Islamabad police official to register a heroin smuggling case against him, but upon his refusal it was handled by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).
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An investigation is underway If necessary, red warrants will be issued to bring back Farah Gogi: Rana
Referring to Imran Khan’s murder allegations against him, he said if he really did such acts, then why no charges were filed against him in the past three and a half years of Pakistani government Tehreek- e-Insaf (PTI). .
He said Imran Khan launched a campaign to incite his employees and fans to misbehave with political leaders. If Imran Khan did not refrain from such acts, he would also face a backlash, he warned.
He said Sheikh Rashid used to claim the jail was his in-laws but now he went to Islamabad High Court for bail before his arrest. He said Sheikh Rashid used to lead people astray and claimed the long march would be bloody. If he did not withdraw his statement, he would not be allowed to leave his home.
He said religious sections were agitated over the Masjid-e-Nabvi incident. “We did not want such acts to happen and this act must be condemned and they (PTI) must distance themselves from such acts,” he added.
Asked about PML-N’s mass contact campaign, he said it would be an election year. “We have launched a campaign and we will deny the PTI narrative that only they could hold large public gatherings,” he added.
Asked about Nawaz Sharif, he said the government had the power to suspend his sentence as he had traveled abroad earlier after the Punjab government suspended his sentence. He said it was up to Nawaz Sharif to decide whether or not he would take advantage of this concession. He said the government was not considering anything at this stage as Nawaz Sharif had not yet submitted any request in this regard.
Earlier, the minister appeared before a special court as part of the hearing of a drug trafficking case against him.
The court issued notices to the ANF and others for May 21 on a request filed by Rana Sanaullah for a permanent exemption from personal appearance in the case due to her commitments. The court also sought submissions on the acquittal motions of three co-defendants in the case.
Meanwhile, former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday urged interior minister Rana Sanaullah to continue the crackdown on PTI leaders and workers as he responded to the minister’s warning. Interior Rana Sanaullah to launch the operation. He said the crackdown was not going to dampen the morale of the marchers.
Sh Rashid was responding to Home Minister Rana Sanaullah in which he threatened him and the PTI leaders with consequences if they did not assure the government that their long march to Islamabad would be peaceful.