Lahore: Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah has said that after Aleem Khan, Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi’s arrest was on the cards.
On Wednesday, Aleem Khan was arrested by NAB in a case involving possession of assets beyond his known means of income.
Sanaullah claimed that it was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to arrest Aleem Khan. “There are three people from Lahore, including Aleem, who report directly to PM Khan,” he said. “Their phones were tapped and were under surveillance by a civil intelligence agency.”
Sanaullah said that the civil intelligence agency in question reports directly to the prime minister. “If it’s tapping the phones of ministers and the Punjab assembly speaker, you can guess on whose orders they are doing this.” These things can’t remain hidden forever, he added. If ministers’ phones are being tapped, it means that he [the PM] does not trust them, Sanaullah said.
The PML-N leader said that it is impossible that NAB would not inform the chief executive of the country before arresting Aleem Khan. “I challenge Imran Khan to say that he did not know beforehand of Aleem Khan’s arrest.”
Sanaullah said that Aleem Khan has done a lot for the prime minister. “You [Imran Khan] should have warned him and told him to get bail before arrest from a high court.”
Commenting on why Aleem Khan was arrested, Sanaullah said that if they [National Accountability Bureau] are going to arrest 50 people from the opposition, they ought to arrest at least five from the government.
The former minister said that after Elahi, the same will happen to Pervez Khattak and Atif Khan. “Only that devil from Rawalpindi will be left with him [PM Khan],” said Sanaullah in a veiled reference to Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.