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Monday Jul 01 2019

The inside story of Rana Sanaullah's arrest by the ANF

Rana Sanaullah is a former Punjab law minister, a member of the National Assembly, and the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) Punjab wing.—File photo

ISLAMABAD: Former Punjab law minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Rana Sanaullah has been arrested in a drugs-related case, but the details of his arrest are still hazy.

Sources revealed to this scribe the events that led to the arrest of the PML-N loyalist by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Lahore.

The sources privy to the developments revealed that Brigadier Hameed Dogar, the ANF Lahore Commander, was looking after the Special Investigation Cell's operations which led to Rana Sanaullah's arrest from near Sukheke area on Monday.

The SIC comprises of different intelligence agencies operators working with the cooperation of the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) body in Pakistan.

Sources said some six to seven alleged front-men, including a suspect named Bukhari, earlier arrested by the SIC provided solid information to the ANF team allegedly linking Rana Sanaullah to a narcotics scam.

Sources said the alleged front-men in ANF custody told investigators that they were allegedly raising funds through narcotics businesses for Rana Sanaullah, and that the funds were later being funneled to proscribed organisations.

The suspects, whose information led to Sanaullah's arrest, were arrested three months ago.

Sources said the ANF had gathered data of calls showing Rana Sanaullah's connections with the alleged front-men. This was one of the reasons Rana Sana was arrested today, a sources privy to the inside developments told this scribe.

Family sources of Rana Sanaullah have rebutted the allegations and claims by the ANF, terming them "a deliberate move to malign the vocal politician".

The team of the "ANF on order of federal government formed a baseless case against Rana Sanaullah," a family member of the politician told Geo News.

We would plead our case in the court, he added.