Rana Sanaullah still an accused: Minister.


ISLAMABAD -- The government Wednesday sharply reacting to the criticism it is facing on the social media following a higher court granted post-arrest bail to PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah Khan in a narcotics case said that the decision of the case has yet to come.

A misperception is being created that perhaps Rana Sanauulah has been exonerated in the case following the Lahore High Court allowed him bail, said Minister of State for Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi while addressing a fiery press conference here.

'The (written) order of the LHC has yet to come, we will read it and will go all out to take this case to logical end,' he said and stressed Sanaullah, a sitting member of the National Assembly, was still an accused.

'We will exhaust all legal options,' the state minister said adding that the government would take its future course of action once it receives written order. 'We will not run away from this case.'

Afridi himself is under severe criticism on the social media for making claims about the narcotics smuggling case against the President PML-N Punjab and former provincial law minister in a press conference he held earlier this year soon after his arrest. The state minister also tried to satisfy the media about the blame he is facing.

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday granted post-arrest bail to leader of the major opposition party which led to a heated debate on the social media that the court order vindicated position of the PML-N that a fake case was framed against Sanaullah. On July 1, the Anti-Narcotics Force had arrested Sanaullah at the main entrance of Lahore while allegedly smuggling 15 kg of narcotics in his vehicle.

Afridi said the accused has not got a clean chit as the trial of the case has yet to start. The delaying tactics were used to postpone the trial, he blamed. 'Tomorrow there was a pomp and show over the bail and a (wrong) perception was given that case has ended.'

Afridi said Prime Minister Imran Khan and his entire team had full confidence in courts. 'It does not mean that you have one version if decision comes according to your choice, and give another version if decision comes against you.' He said the respect of courts was binding on all of them because if due respect would not be given to them, the country could never get desired results according to its vision and national interests.'

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