Islamabad (Pakistan),July 1: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab president and a known critic of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Rana Sanaullah, was arrested on Monday by the state’s Anti-Narcotics Force,while he was traveling from Faisalabad to Lahore,in a drug-related case.
The senior PML-N lawmaker was arrested from the Islamabad-Lahore motorway near the Sukheki area.
Strongly condemning the arrest,PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif termed it as worst example of “lawlessness and political revenge”as Sanaullah was arrested without any allegation and case against him.
Sharif alleged that it was another example of using state institutions against political opponents. He demanded of the government to produce Sanaullah before a court of law.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for the arrest, accusing him of being “directly behind” the arrest.
The ANF has not officially specified the charges on which Sanaullah has been picked up, but spokesperson Riaz Soomro said drugs were recovered from Sanaullah’s car. The quantity and type of drugs recovered is still being assessed, he said.
“We are having some difficulties getting information from ANF Lahore,” he said. “ANF does not arrest any individual without due cause.”