An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala on Friday issued an Arrest warrant for Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah for threatening the judiciary and government officials in his public speeches.
The directives were issued by Accountability Judge Rana Zahid.
According to details, Arrest warrants were issued in a case filed at the Industrial police station against the senior PML-N leader in August 2022 on a complaint of PML-Q leader Shahkaz Aslam for issuing life threats to the Punjab chief secretary and his family members.
The Gujranwala Anti-Terrorism Court directed the police officials to present Rana Sanaullah by 7 March.
The complaint was registered by a citizen, Sheikh Shekaz Aslam, under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism), and sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 189 (threat of injury to public servant) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR states that “The purpose of Sanaullah’s statements was to terrorize the judiciary, chief secretary, commissioner, and people of the country,” the FIR said. “His aim was to stop the officials from working and prevent them from fulfilling their lawful responsibilities.”
It added that the minister’s speeches had created fear in the judiciary, bureaucracy, police, administration, and the nation. Furthermore, it was pleaded in the FIR that Sanaullah should be probed for his comments and be punished “to create an example for other citizens speaking against government officials”.