Who framed Rana Sanaullah? Home minister wants army chief to act – Pakistan


Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has accused Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan of being the mastermind of the ‘fake’ drug deal dating back to 2019. The PML-N chief passed close six months in pre-trial detention as a special narcotics court continues to hear the case with the next hearing scheduled for July 23.

The PML-N leader was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) with 15 kilograms of heroin allegedly seized from his vehicle. However, a day earlier, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the case against the PML-N leader was fabricated.

Rana Sanaullah says he has spoken and written to Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa about the ANF’s role in his arrest.

The charges brought by the ANF against Rana Sanaullah carry the death penalty.

Taking to Twitter, the country’s security czar said Imran was the mastermind, while his accountability aide Shehzad Akbar and former ANF chief executive were implicated in his entrapment.

Rana Sanaullah wrote that Shehzad Akbar forced Islamabad police to keep a 15 kg bag of heroin in his dressing room, but they refused to do so.

Following their refusal, Major General Arif Malik accepted the task and received benefits in return, Sanaullah told a Geo News broadcast. Major General Arif Malik currently heads the Defense Export Promotion Organization.

In his tweet, Sanaullah said all action was taken on the instructions of the former Prime Minister (Imran Khan) who wanted him behind bars due to “personal hostility”.

“I wrote to the army chief about the ANF’s role in fabricating a false case against me,” he said.

In his many speeches, Imran Khan referred to the drug case against the leader of the PML-N.

His narcotics minister, Sheheryar Afridi, brought the Holy Quran to the National Assembly to swear that the case against the PML-N leader was genuine. Rana Sanaullah, who heads PML-N in Punjab, had also taken the oath on the holy book during a press conference in her hometown of Faisalabad. The press conference came after he was released on bail in which he described the heroin affair as “the worst form of political victimization”.

At a press conference after the arrest of Rana Sanaullah, Afridi said that the Sanaullah was arrested after his three-week surveillance and that the ANF had full and sufficient evidence to prove his involvement in the trade of the dope.

Major General Arif Malik was with Afridi at this press conference, during which he repeatedly claimed that they had full evidence.

The head of the ANF and the minister did not provide convincing answers on why the arrest and the bust were not filmed, as the force had done in the past.

During his press conference, Afridi also claimed that the drugs seized from the bust were worth 160 million rupees on the international market.


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