A day after his arrest, PML-N Punjab president MNA Rana Sanaullah Khan was sent to jail on Tuesday on 14-day judicial remand by a district court in Lahore.
Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) officials presented the PML-N leader and five other suspects — Akram, Omer Farooq, Amir Rustum, Usman Ahmed and Sibtain Khan — before judicial magistrate Ahmad Waqas.
All six suspects were sent to jail on judicial remand. Following his arrest, Sanaullah was shifted to Lahore’s Camp Jail.
PML-N workers chanted the slogan ‘lion lion’ in the courtroom.
The PML-N leader’s lawyer said that ANF had arrested Sanaullah after making a political case.
Ahead of Sanaullah’s appearance before the court, strict security arrangements were made. A large contingent of police was positioned inside and outside the court. All routes to the court were closed with containers and barbed wires.
On Monday, Sanaullah was arrested in what is said to be a narcotics case involving proscribed outfits.
The PML-N termed the government’s move to be “worst example of political victimisation” and warned that such tactics to push the opposition against the wall would backfire.
An ANF team arrested Sanaullah, a vociferous critic of Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his way to Lahore from Faisalabad on Motorway at around 3pm at Sukheyki. Although the ANF chose to not give details of his arrest, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Shehryar Khan Afridi had confirmed his arrest, saying “ANF has arrested Rana Sanaullah. He is my colleague but no one is above the law”.
His brother-in-law Rana Sheryar had said some 15 vehicles of the ANF and Elite Force Punjab took part in the raid to arrest Sanaullah. “The raiding team intercepted Sanaullah’s car at Sukheyki. It took him into custody along with his driver and three guards and probably took him to the ANF Lahore Cantt office,” he said.
PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has called a party meeting in Lahore on Tuesday (today) to discuss Sanaullah’s arrest.
Arrest on ‘authentic information’
In a video message, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the ANF had detained Sanaullah on “authentic information” that the PML-N leader’s vehicle contained drugs worth Rs150 million to Rs200 million, Radio Pakistan reported.
Awan was quoted as saying that no one was beyond the Constitution and law in Naya Pakistan, adding that the ANF was an “independent institution and there is no link of government interest in this detention”.
As per Radio Pakistan, the PTI leader added that the PML-N wanted to use Sanaullah’s arrest for “political point scoring”.