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Tuesday Jul 16 2019

Special investigation team questions Rana Sanaullah for hours

Security officials of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) escort arrested senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rana Sanaullah (L) to court in Lahore on July 2, 2019. Photo: AFP 
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ISLAMABAD: The government has formed a special investigation team headed by a brigadier-rank-officer to probe Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Rana Sanaullah who was arrested by the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) in a drug-related case earlier this week. 

The investigation team comprising six-members, including its head, questioned Rana Sanaullh and five other accused for over three hours in Lahore on Monday, informed sources told this correspondent. 

"Rana Sanaullah did not own the recovered drugs from his vehicle. He also called a spade a spade that he had never been in links with narcotics business," a senior ANF official confirmed to Geo News. 

The investigation team has left many queries pertaining to Rana Sanaullah's alleged link with drug traffickers, now in ANF custody, who were involved in narcotics business in Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala, added the sources. "Two of five arrested narcotics smugglers also confessed to having link with Rana Sanaullah," said another ANF official who was familiar with the latest development.

The investigation team also questioned five other accused on Monday, sources further revealed.

It is also pertinent to mention here that the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) comprises different intelligence agencies operators who are working on this case. The 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. The sources said the alleged frontmen in ANF custody told investigators that they were allegedly raising funds through narcotics businesses for Rana Sanaullah and that the funds were later being funnelled to proscribed organisations. These claims and allegations have yet to be proved true before the court law. The suspects, whose information led to Sanaullah's arrest, were arrested three months back.

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

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