Rana Sanaullah Khan

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Rana Sanaullah Khan
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Rana Sanaullah Khan in 2015
Personal details
Born (1950-01-01) January 1, 1950 (age 69)
Faislabad, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N) (1993–present)
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan Peoples Party (until 1993)
RelationsIftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (cousin)[1]

Rana Sanaullah Khan (Urdu: رانا ثناء اللہ خان‎) is a Pakistani politician and former Law Minister of Punjab.[2] He is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born on 1 January 1950 in Faisalabad and is a cousin of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Pakistani general election, 1990.

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) in Pakistani general election, 1997.

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab from PP-70 (Faisalabad-XX) as a candidate of (PML-N) in Pakistani general election, 2002.[3] In 2003, he was abducted by alleged intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and was badly tortured for speaking against military regime.[4] When freed, he was subsequently shifted to DHQ hospital.[4]

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab from PP-70 (Faisalabad-XX) as a candidate of (PML-N) in Pakistani general election, 2008.[5]

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab from PP-70 (Faisalabad-XX) as a candidate of (PML-N) in Pakistani general election, 2013.[6]

He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-106 (Faisalabad-VI) as a candidate of (PML-N) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[7]

Controversies[edit]

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 was accidentally killed in a January 2015 US drone strike on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, as announced by U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House press conference on April 23, 2015..[8][9]

Model Town incident[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.[10][11][12] 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.[13]

In the wake of public reaction and opposition's criticism, Shahbaz Sharif sacked Rana Sanaullah Khan as law minister, and Punjab's top bureaucrat.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] He is often referred to as the main man and often termed as Murderer is various cases including Model Town incident and Bhola Gujjar Murder[17]

The real hero was Syed Mustafa Kamal who came to Punjab and he met Tahir Ul Qadri to settle down things in Model Town. He said that he wanted "justice". Then later on 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.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CJP favours PML-N because of cousin Rana Sanaullah, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 16 December 2011, Retrieved 9 June 2017
  2. ^ Dawn.com (2012-01-13). "Rana Sanaullah". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  3. ^ "Punjab Assembly - Members - Members' Directory". www.pap.gov.pk.
  4. ^ a b "Rana Sanaullah tortured". 10 March 2003.
  5. ^ "Punjab Assembly - Members - Members' Directory". www.pap.gov.pk.
  6. ^ "Punjab Assembly - Members - Members' Directory". www.pap.gov.pk.
  7. ^ "NA-106 Results - Election 2018 Results - - Candidates List - Constituency Details - Geo.tv". www.geo.tv.
  8. ^ Warren Weinstein Pakistan Kidnapping: Three Suspects Arrested – ABC News website, Published 24 August 2011, Retrieved 9 June 2017
  9. ^ U.S. drone strike accidentally killed 2 hostages, Updated 2326 GMT (0726 HKT) April 23, 2015 /
  10. ^ 7 dead, 80 injured in clash between PAT and Lahore Police, The Nation (Pakistan) newspaper, 17 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^ Eight killed in police action at Minhajul Quran secretariat in Lahore, The News International, 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  12. ^ Pakistan witnesses a day-long ‘revolution’ drama, Al Arabiya, 24 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017
  13. ^ Model Town mayhem: Opposition takes government to task, law minister remains adamant , Daily Times, 18 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  14. ^ Shahbaz romoves Sanaullah as minister, Dawn (newspaper), 21 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  15. ^ Model Town killings: Shahbaz must tender resignation, says Imran Khan, The Express Tribune, 22 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  16. ^ Massacre, Lahore. "Model Town Lahore Massacre: FIR lodged against 21 including PM, CM - Lahore Massacre, A website on Punjab Police Brutality in Model Town, Lahore". Lahore Massacre.
  17. ^ Saleem, Mohammad (11 November 2015). "Rana Sana may be grilled in Bhola Gujjar's murder case".
  18. ^ Dawn.com (2015-05-29). "Rana Sanaullah back as Punjab law minister". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2019-01-23.