Rana Sanaullah Khan (C) addresses the media persons in Islamabad. File
Tariq Butt / Staff Reporter
Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Punjab's law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan was arrested on Monday for "possessing a large quantity of drugs in his vehicle" by the Anti-Narcotics Force's (ANF) team.
Rana, who is the president of the Punjab chapter of the party and a Member of the National Assembly, is said to have been arrested in a drug-related case.
“A large quantity of drugs was recovered from Rana Sanaullah’s car,” the ANF said in a statement, minutes after Rana’s arrest while he was on his way to Lahore from Faisalabad to attend a party meeting.
"We do not make arrests without reason," the ANF said, adding that he was travelling with his guards when he was taken into custody.
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned the arrest and said that Rana Sanaullah was arrested without any allegation and case against him. He termed it the worst example of "lawlessness and political revenge."
Shahbaz alleged that it was another example of using state institutions against political opponents. He demanded of the government to produce Sana before a court of law.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for the arrest, accusing him of being "directly behind" the arrest.
Rana’s daughter said that she received a message through motorways’ M-Tag service that her father’s vehicle entered into Lahore at around 3.20pm.
The judge claimed in the affidavit that he was offered bribes and threatened with dire consequences by the PML-N representatives initially to force him into issuing verdicts in favour of Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia and Flagship Investments references, and later to coerce him into resigning from his office.
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The witness added the suspect disappeared after being injured and after having bleeding in the head, and then he was seen heading towards the victim with a knife.
Abu Ghazeen noted that those vehicles give a grace period for the public to park in the public parking for a period of 10 minutes without paying fees.
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The suspect offered Dhs50,000, a Rolex watch, a monthly salary of Dhs20,000, and a Mercedes car as a bribe to a policeman so that he could escape from the police station where he was held on charges related to drug trafficking.