Pakistan

Rana Sanaullah sets FREE in narcotics case

Anti Narcotics Court extends

Shehryar Khan Afridi and his ministry framed narco charges against Rana Sana
Rana Sanaullah and all co-accused set free by Court

A special court in Lahore acquitted Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in a narcotics case filed against him during the tenure of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in 2019. The minister remained behind bars for six months until the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted him bail on December 24, 2019.

In the case Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) claimed to have recovered 15kg of heroin from the vehicle.During the hearing today, ANF Assistant Director Imtiaz Ahmed and Inspector Ehsaan Azam dismissed the charges against Sanaullah, declaring them “wrong”.

In their affidavits submitted in court, the officials who were present at the Ravi Toll Plaza on July 1, 2019, when Sanaullah was arrested declared that :

“We never saw any sort of drugs being recovered from the scene,” they stated.
Subsequently, the court acquitted the interior minister and all the other people named in the case.

Earlier today, Sanaullah and five other co-accused filed a plea seeking acquittal from an alleged drug smuggling case registered with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and argued that the prosecution could provide no evidence to establish the case against them.

Rana Sanaullah approached the court with a plea. It stated that the case against the minister was “concocted, devised and fabricated”.

“The prosecution remained unable to bring an iota of evidence against the petitioners/accused and the entire judicial file is also silent about any incriminating piece of evidence against the petitioner,” reads the petition.

Rana Sanaullah was under trial for allegedly trafficking 15kg of heroin. He, however, had rubbished the accusations against him and blamed the PTI government for having a political vendetta against him.

Witness statements

Inspector Ehsan Azam said that neither was any recovery made in front of him and nor was he aware of the incidents involved in the case. “I haven’t witnessed the [drugs] recovery with my eyes,” he stated, adding that he had been made a witness in the case but doesn’t know the facts.Inspector Azam also said that he doesn’t support the prosecution in any way.

The second witness, Assistant Director Imtiaz Ahmed said no recovery was made in front of him either and that he isn’t aware of the case.”I had been made witness in the case but I don’t support the prosecution in any way,” Ahmed’s statement read.


The special court announced its verdict in the case acquitting Rana Sanaullah and all the co-accused, including Sibtain, Usman, Amir, Akran and Umar.

 

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