ATC acquits Rana Sanaullah in threatening bureaucrats case

1690275985 ATC acquits Rana Sanaullah in threatening bureaucrats case
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan talks to journalists outside the Governor House in Lahore on December 22, 2023. — Online
Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan talks to journalists outdoors the Governor Home in Lahore on December 22, 2023. — On-line

GUJRANWALA: An anti-terrorism court docket Tuesday acquitted Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah in a case associated to threatening the Punjab chief secretary, his members of the family, and different officers.

The court docket’s verdict got here after the plaintiff within the case “modified” their assertion.

The case was filed in opposition to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) politician on the Industrial Police Station in Gujranwala on August 25, 2022, after a Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief, Sheikh Shekaz Aslam, filed a grievance citing the aforementioned threats as causes to attempt Sanaullah.

Talking with journalists on the court docket following the listening to, the minister spoke about showing earlier than the judges with out hiding himself utilizing “buckets”.

“All our leaders, together with me, appeared within the courts,” he stated, including that he hadn’t knowledgeable anybody earlier than coming to the court docket.

The inside minister stated neither he nor any of his social gathering’s members broke down doorways of the court docket or cease judges from doing their work.

“We confronted the legislation as a standard man. We didn’t put buckets on our heads, nor did such dramas,” he added.

Earlier in February, the ATC had additionally issued an arrest warrant to apprehend Sanaullah and requested the police to current him on March 7. 

In March, the minister requested an exemption from showing on the court docket because of official engagements, however his request was turned down. The court docket then issued a non-bailable arrest warrant in opposition to him. 

The warrants had been later suspended and as an alternative directed him to submit surety bonds price Rs100,000.

The case

The case in opposition to the senior PML-N politician was registered below Part 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism), and Sections 353 (assault or prison power to discourage public servant from discharge of his responsibility), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public features), 189 (risk of damage to public servant) and 506 (punishment for prison intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

It said that the inside minister made threatening remarks on a TV present.

“The aim of Sanaullah’s statements was to terrorise the judiciary, chief secretary, commissioner and folks of the nation,” the FIR added. “His goal was to cease the officers from working and stop them from fulfilling their lawful duties.”

The complainant alleged that the minister’s speeches had created worry within the judiciary, paperwork, police, administration and the nation. He demanded an investigation in opposition to the PML-N chief.