Rana Sanaullah Khan

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Rana Sanaullah Khan
رانا ثناء اللہ خان
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Born Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Relations Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (cousin)[1]
Residence Lahore, Pakistan

Rana Sanaullah Khan (Urdu: رانا ثناء اللہ خان‎) is a Pakistani politician and government minister. He was born in Faisalabad and was first elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in 1990 and served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in that Assembly. Leaving office in 1993, he returned there for the 2 terms for the years 1997–1999 and 2002–2007. During the latter term, he once again acted as Deputy Opposition Leader and also as Parliamentary Leader for the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).[2] Rana Sanaullah Khan is a cousin of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.[1]

Elected for a fourth term, and appointed as Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Public Prosecution, he has a legal background as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and claims to have been imprisoned on account of his principles.[2]

In August 2011, he accused American Warren Weinstein of being an American spy although Weinstein had lived in Pakistan for seven years and there was no evidence that he was a spy. Weinstein went missing a week later and has not been heard from since.[3]

Model Town Massacre[edit]

On 17 June 2014, Punjab Police raided the Minhaj-ul-Quran International's lahore secretariat on the pretext of removing security barriers from its surroundings. Tahir-ul-Qadri's followers, who were preparing for his arrival from Canada to launch an anti-government movement on 23 June 2014, protested and deadly skirmishes started. A dozen of Tahir-ul-Qadri's devotees were killed including three women and around hundred got seriously wounded from bullet shots. [4] [5] [6] Rana Sanaullah, who is considered only second to the Chief Minister, remained adamant that the police action was justified which added to the public fury. [7]

In the wake of public reaction and opposition's criticism, Shahbaz Sharif sacked Rana Sanaullah Khan as law minister, and Punjab's top bureaucrat (just for face saving).[8] However, Qadri and other opposition leaders including Imran Khan held Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, responsible for the civilian deaths at the hands of police and demanded his resignation. [9] FIR of Model Town tragedy was registered against key figures of the present government including the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and Rana Sanaullah Khan.[10]

A joint-investigation-team (JIT) was formed to investigate the incident. Once that JIT cleared him from charges, he was sworn in as Punjab Law Minister again in May 2015.[11]

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