I will quit politics if Imran claim confirmed: Rana Sanaullah


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday challenged the former to first prove he received four bullets.

Talking to reporters, he said he would quit politics if an independent medical board confirmed Mr Khan’s claims. “Otherwise, Imran Khan should quit politics forever.”

Mr Sanaullah was one of the three individuals accused by Mr Khan of being behind the conspiracy to assassinate him, along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Maj Gen Faisal Naseer, a senior intelligence officer.

“Imran Khan took three names because he wants anarchy in the country,” said Mr Sanaullah, adding that dragging the judiciary and army into politics was not in the interest of the state.

Says he will quit politics if medical board confirms PTI chairman’s claims; LHC admits interior minister’s petition against NAB inquiry

He said there was no doubt in his mind that the attack was a case of religious extremism and took place due to ‘irresponsible remarks’ uttered by Mr Khan on many occasions.

While calling out Mr Khan for ‘accusing’ the military, the minister said Pakistan Army was a disciplined institution and no one can deviate from official policy of the institution. “Those who dare to do so, face consequences.”

Mr Sanaullah also accused the Punjab government and police of “instigating” people to protest and facilitating “a handful of protesters” in creating problems for patients and students by blocking roads.

Taking a jibe at the PTI, Mr Sanaullah said the party had wasted time and that it was already too late for the long march.

However, he added, the government was ready to “receive the protesters and had completed all arrangements for the previously announced date of November 4.

In a separate development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday allowed Mr Sanaullah’s petition against an inquiry into his alleged assets by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Asjad Javed Ghural took up the petition pending since 2020.

Advocate Amjad Pervez, the counsel for Mr Sanaullah, argued the inquiry was a reaction to the post-arrest bail granted to his petitioner in a ‘fabricated’ case of drug possession by the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF).

Advocate Pervez said the petitioner appeared whenever he was summoned and informed the bureau that all his assets were already scrutinised and frozen by the ANF in the drug possession case.

Meanwhile, a written reply filed by the bureau stated the case was forwarded to NAB headquarters with recommendations of filing of a reference against the petitioner after completion of the investigation.

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