‘Singing on the same string’

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By Zaib Azkaar Hussain


The arrest of president of Punjab chapter of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Rana Sanaullah under the charges of possession of drugs has resented almost all political parties’ leaders as they feared whether Rana was being involved in a fabricated case.

The incident of arrest of Rana and then his disappearance and later its production before the court concerned has led to strong criticism and political observers are of a clear view that Rana Sanaullah has been targeted by the government for his strong opposition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

In order to punish him, the government has planned to involve him in a fake case of possession of 15kg of heroin. It reminded the practice of the past government (the then Ayub Khan regime) that adopted a tactic of arresting political leaders and implicate them in false theft cases. Interestingly Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi, father of a former federal minister and caretaker prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was once implicated in domestic buffalo case by the same government in order to punish him for his opponent political views against the then dictatorial regime. The political observers see a rat in all this ‘drama of arrest and charges of drugs’. The present government has been chosen by the voters and it would give it a very bad name if applied negative methods to crush its opponents, the observers note. In other words the existing government was also ‘singing on the same string’ in handling its political opponents, the observers argued.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) officials claimed that Rana had links with drug traffickers in Lahore.

The ANF officials said that drugs have been seized from Sanaullah’s personal vehicle. He has been shifted to the ANF centre. The ANF further said it had received information about the presence of drugs in the PML-N leader’s vehicle.
ANF officials said the arrest took place near Punjab’s Sukheke area. Sanaullah was reportedly travelling from Lahore to Faisalabad.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz held Prime Minister Imran Khan as responsible for Sanaullah’s arrest. Maryam claimed that “He has been arrested for his bold and courageous stance.”

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed Sanaullah’s arrest “political victimization”.

He further said the arrest showed the “weakness” and “desperation” of the government.

Rana Sanaullah was produced before a judicial magistrate on July 2 who accepted 14 day physical remand against Rana for interrogation purposes.
He was arrested on July 1 for his alleged involvement with drug traffickers and possession of 15kg of heroin that was recovered from his vehicle.

The ANF said it had received information about the presence of drugs in the PML-N leader’s vehicle.

The attorney for Rana Sanaullah told the court that the case against his client was a political one.

The FIR lodged against Rana Sanaullah stated that his vehicles were stopped at the Ravi Toll Plaza and thoroughly searched and 15kg of heroin was recovered from the vehicles. The drugs have been sent to a laboratory to gauge their cost.

Nabeela Sanaullah, the wife of Rana Sanaullah asserted that “After my husband’s arrest, I even got a call from an unknown number. The person who called me told me to keep mum and not give any statements to the media.” She declared ” But, I will not be threatened.” The political observers doubt whether some of the aidies of the prime ministers were of a wrong notion to pressurize political opponents by lodging cases against them but such advice could damage the reputation of the prime minister who has been very vocal about the less political involvement of police and investigation agencies in the fulfilment of their legal duties.

The political observers say that the government must not adopt any negative tactics to victimize its opponents and instead take all the fair steps. Otherwise all its reputation and slogans of ‘real change’ and ‘fair play’ would prove to be futile and useless, the observers concluded.

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