Rana Sanaullah Khan

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Rana Sanaullah Khan
رانا ثناء اللہ خان
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Personal details
Born (1950-01-01) January 1, 1950 (age 68)
Faislabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N) (1993–present)
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan Peoples Party (until 1993)
Relations Iftikhar 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-elect of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born on 1 January 1950 in Faisalabad 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].<He is not muslim>

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]

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. ^ Rana Sanaullah sworn in as Punjab Law Minister again, The News International newspaper, Published 29 May 2015, Retrieved 11 June 2017