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Challenge Rana Sanaullah to face trial like a man , Afridi says in National Assembly

Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) and Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi on Tuesday lashed out at PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah and challenged the former Punjab law minister — who is nominated in a drug case — to face trial like a man . Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Afridi said Sanaullah did not want to face the court in the drug case filed against him by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). I ve been told that he is carrying around the Holy Quran with him. Rana sahib, learn to follow the Holy Quran. If you are speaking the truth, go to the courts and fight like a man. Don t beat around the bush, said a visibly charged Afridi. The Safron minister told the House that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf did not come into power to target or bully others . Afridi was briefly interrupted when Sanaullah arrived in the parliament, carrying a file. I thought you d bring a copy of the Holy Quran today but you have brought a file today, the state minister remarked and added: Let s take this [matter] to its logical end here in the House, today. There is a hearing on January 18th. Let him stand and say, in this House, that a trial should be initiated so that the truth can come out. Don t run away. This government and ministry will not let you run away. We will take this to the end because this matter concerns my generation and my country. Afridi said that members from opposition parties commend him for being a man s son . It s not me who is the son of a man, it is the people who stand before tyrants. We will take this [case] to its end. Read my eyes Rana sahib. Initiate the trial so that the truth can come out. In July last year, the former Punjab law minister was arrested by the ANF Lahore team while he was travelling from Faisalabad to Lahore near the Ravi Toll Plaza on the motorway, claiming to have seized 15kg heroin from his vehicle. A special team of the force had also arrested five others, including the driver and security guards of the PML-N leader. Sanaullah, who insists that he has been arrested in a false case and is being politically victimised, was granted bail by the Lahore High Court in December. More to follow.


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