Sanaullah granted one-day exemption from appearance in drug case

LAHORE: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s indictment in a drugs case was delayed on Saturday as his plea for one-day exemption from personal appearance was approved by a special court for control of narcotic substances in Lahore.

The court, however, now summoned him on July 23.

Rana Sanaullah was arrested in the case in July 2019 under the previous government by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) which claimed to have recovered 15kg of heroin from his vehicle.

At the last hearing, the court had stated that charges against the interior minister would be framed on June 25. However, Sanauallah did not appear in the court on Saturday, with his lawyers stating that the interior minister was busy with the annual budget session in the National Assembly.

The court, therefore, granted one exemption from personal appearance and summoned him at the next hearing to be held on July 23.

Other suspects in the case were also present in the court during the hearing.

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