Minister plays down Rana Sana's bail in drug case.


RAWALPINDI -- Statements issued by Minister of State for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi and the Anti-Narcotics Force legal team regarding video evidence against former Punjab minister Rana Sanaullah added to the confusion related to the drug case against the PML-N MNA on Wednesday. Both the state minister and the ANF legal team held separate press conferences just a day after the Lahore High Court granted bail to the Punjab president of the main opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who had been arrested in the 15kg narcotics case on July 1. While Mr Afridi claimed that he had seen the 'footage' before the evidence was provided to the court, the ANF legal team was of the opinion that the video was not a piece of entire evidence, as the case would be decided on the basis of other evidence such as the seizure, chemical examination report, statements of investigating officer and 15 eyewitnesses. 'In drug cases,seizure is important,' said Advocate Raja Inam Amin Minhas, leading the ANF team of prosecutors, while addressing a press conference following the presser of the state minister. The state minister told the media that one thing being connected to him was 'video, video, video'. 'I had talked about the footage during my first press conference along with the ANF DG. But people made it a joke. Look at all my press conferences, whatever I spoke about the videos; I said that we have the footage,' he made it clear, adding that all the evidence including the footage had been provided to the court within 17 days of the arrest of Mr Sanaullah.

To make it more clear, Mr Afridi said had the video of the seizure been recorded, it would have been termed a 'planted movie'. However, at the ANF headquarters on Wednesday night, the head of prosecutors told the media that all the evidence would be presented in the court at an appropriate time. He said the prosecution was not delaying the case. 'In the trial court, the first bail application for Sanaullah was rejected in August. While they filed another bail application in the high...

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