Delayed Justice.


The detailed judgment in the case of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah by the Lahore High Court (LHC) shows varying discrepancies in how his case was managed. From the first day in government Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), particularly Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, has been very vocal against the political victimisation of the opposition members, however, the LHC has been able to point out how the case of Rana Sanaullah was perpetuated beyond its due course.

The court highlights how those that were co-accused in the case have been granted bail by the trial court, an offer that has not been extended to Rana Sanaullah. Similarly, there was no involvement of the Anti-Narcotics Force for a physical remand to check the allegations against him and the investigation that has been going on for a period of six months has not been able to prove anything with regards to his involvement in the trafficking of narcotics in the country. This gives rise to two issues.

The first is the obvious narrative of political victimisation, as due to his affiliation with the opposing party, he was not offered the same recourse as his co-accused were. When the entire focus shifts on political victimisation, the...

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