The court acquitted Pakistan’s interior minister in the drug case

Pakistan’s special drug court has acquitted the country’s interior minister of drug-trafficking charges in a case brought against him under the previous government, according to a defense lawyer.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan’s special drug court on Saturday acquitted the country’s interior minister of drug-trafficking charges, a defense lawyer said in a lawsuit filed against him during the previous government.

Rana Sanaullah, who was also the former law minister of Punjab province, was arrested in July 2019 by federal anti-narcotics forces near the eastern city of Lahore.

Five other people were also arrested, including Sanaullah’s driver and guards working for Sanaullah, and 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of heroin were seized from the vehicle, the anti-narcotics agency said at the time.

Sanaullah spent almost six months in jail until the Lahore High Court ordered his release on bail after it ruled that no essential evidence was ever presented to the court.

Farhad Ali Shah, Sanaullah’s lawyer, said Sanaullah, in his plea to the court, blamed the former government of Imran Khan for victimizing him for political reasons.

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During a hearing before Justice Shaikh Naeem on Saturday, two prosecution witnesses said they never saw drugs in Sanaullah’s vehicle.