Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi has backtracked on his claims of having a video of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah’s arrest and the contraband recovered from his vehicle.
Speaking to a private media outlet, Afridi said that a team of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) followed Sanaullah for three weeks and “were not making a movie [that they’d have a video] when they arrested Rana Sanaullah”.
The statement comes as a shock to many since the minister had earlier claimed that ANF had sufficient evidence against the PML-N lawmaker.
But when asked about the video of the arrest, Afridi replied, “We have presented all the evidence and relevant details in the court”.
The blunder isn’t the first of its kind, as previously, in a challan submitted before the court, ANF had claimed Sanaullah’s confession to involvement in drug smuggling.
“I have been associated with drugs/narcotics smuggling for years. My expenditures swelled up soon after I entered into politics, but my income was not much. I developed links with drug smugglers after entering into politics, particularly after becoming Law Minister in the Punjab cabinet,” the PML-N leader was quoted as saying by the ANF.
However, Sanaullah had denied all claims saying that he had not given any statement of confession to the ANF.
“They took me to jail after arrest and not a single person spoke to me,” he had said.