Court to resume hearing of Rana Sanaullah case when ANF provides record

LAHORE: A district and sessions court said on Tuesday it will not resume hearing the contraband case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah until the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) personnel present record.

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Former law minister was presented before a district and sessions court in the contraband case today. Sanaullah was on judicial remand after his arrest due to a large stash of contraband found in his vehicle.

In the hearing, Rana Sanaullah’s lawyer presented arguments, saying that his client was a target of political vengeance.

The lawyer said that a challan has not been presented so far in the case, adding that the case’s file, mobile, and medicines of his client have still not been released.

The court remarked that it cannot resume hearing until it gets the record from the ANF and indefinitely adjourned the case.

A security plan was devised for Sanaullah’s court appearance, with more than 400 anti-riot force personnel deployed around the city.

Last month, Sanaullah, a member of the National Assembly (MNA) and president of the PML-N’s Punjab wing, was arrested in a drug-related case, with the ANF officials said he was arrested while travelling with his guards to a meeting from Faisalabad to Lahore.

An ANF (Lahore) spokesperson had confirmed that the ex-law minister was handcuffed and a case was being filed in accordance with the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997, after a large stash of contraband was recovered from his vehicle.

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