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Shehryar Afridi highlights ANF’s achievements following Rana Sanaullah’s arrest

‘Force has enough proof against the PML-N leader’

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 4, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Jul 4, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Pic20-001 ISLAMABAD:Jun20- Minister of State for Safron Shehryar Khan Afridi addressing the World Refugee Day Commemoration ceremony in local hotel at Federal Capital. ONLINE PHOTO by Sunny Ghouri

Narcotics Control Minister Shehryar Afridi felt the need to highlight the achievements of the Anti-Narcotics Force two days after it arrested PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah for possession of drugs.

He addressed a press conference along with ANF DG Major General Muhammad Arif Malik in Islamabad on Thursday.

“The force has arrested more than 1,200 people. They were also someone’s brother, children, and family members. Why did the PML-N leaders stay quiet when they were being arrested and are raising their voices now?” asked Afridi.

He said that Sanaullah was arrested after the force received credible information about his involvement in the narcotics trade. “There was an arrest at the Faisalabad airport after which we got a lead. The ANF has been monitoring Sanaullah’s movement for the past three weeks.”

Three times, they didn’t make the arrest because Sanaullah was travelling with family members, he claimed. “The force didn’t stop him in a sign of respect for the women in his family,” Afridi remarked.

ANF claims to have seized 15 kilogrammes of heroin from Sanaullah’s car. The PML-N leader, on the other hand, has denied the charge. Sanaullah’s wife suggested the drugs were planted in the car.

Related: Rana Sanaullah’s wife reveals a different story behind his arrest

“It is not just about 15kg of heroin. It’s about Pakistan’s image,” said Afridi.

The ‘big’ people aren’t stopped at toll plazas like other people, he said, adding that no one questions them. “It is high time that people are shown that no one is above the law,” he added. “You think people who take drugs on the roadside and under bridges are the only drug users in our society? We have to catch these big, big crocodiles [sic] too.”

He said that his party does not have any enmity with anyone. “We just want to set an example. PM Khan believes in zero tolerance towards corruption. We have to catch the big fish.”

Sanaullah’s judicial remand

On Tuesday, a Lahore court approved the judicial remand of Sanaullah for 14 days. PML-N leaders have criticised this and claimed that the force is framing the party leader without even investigating him.

The ANF DG said that the force didn’t ask for Sanaullah’s physical remand because they have enough evidence against him. “It didn’t matter if we got his judicial remand or physical remand,” said Major General Malik.

“We ask for someone’s physical remand when we have no evidence against them,” he said. “We also didn’t want people to say that Sanaullah accepted his crimes after being tortured in our custody.”

Related: Rana Sanaullah sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand

The DG said that the case is currently being heard by the court and declined to answer more questions about it.

ANF’s achievements

“ANF is a professional and competent force, which is recognised internationally too,” said Major General Malik.

Last year, we seized 300 metric tonnes of drugs worth $4 billion, he said. “Pakistan enjoys a poppy-free status because of us.”

The force has arrested more than 1,200 people this year, he said. “Our conviction rate is 95%.”

Related: Rana Sanaullah arrested over alleged links with drug traffickers

He said that the menace of drugs needs to be curbed. It is spreading to different institutes and something needs to be done about it, he urged.

“There are three main functions of the ANF. It patrols the border, conducts intelligence-based operations and put an end to drug trade through international cooperation,” said Afridi.

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  1. Naveed  July 4, 2019 4:59 pm/ Reply

    If Sheheryar is saying this, it is true. Game over PMLN.

  2. Non Resident Pakistani  July 4, 2019 10:24 pm/ Reply

    Good job ANF, No one is above the law. The recent arrest has sent this message clear across the board. There should be one level of justice system for everyone, no matter if it is an elite or common person. When such practices are put into place, where elite are apprehended for their wrong doing the system will cleanse itself at lower levels, very quickly. The elite will become lesson for those at the lower level. Beside it is worth while to start from the top and apprehend the elites as they are few in number and they will make a big impact on the clean up exercise and efforts and help the forces achieve more ground. Well done ANF. I have only one suggestion, just continue doing what you are doing and let the system take care of the rest, just make sure the evidences are solid.

    As for those who are crying and coming out with excuses trying to protect the criminal, let the justice system do its job, if they are innocent they will be released. So why are you worried my dear elite criminal supports………………………

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