Rana Sanaullah touring Jhang with the leader of Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (SSP)

PML-Q MNA Waqas Akram of Jhang has accused Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah of having ties with the leader of Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunna (formerly Sipah-e-Sahaba) and of touring Jhang with this militant in an attempt to gain some votes.

Waqas Akram’s allegation was seconded by Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi who said that the issue would be taken up with the Interior Ministry and by PPP chief whip and Labour and Manpower Minister Khurshid Ahmad Shah. Waqas Akram also got unexpected support from a member of Rana Sanaullah’s own party Rashid Akbar Niwani who described how the police of his district Bhakkar are helpless to arrest this militant leader. He even went so far as to say that “This is ‘Azaab-i-Elahi’ (divine torment) we are nurturing” As Raja Asghar notes in his report, Niwani was himself wounded in a suicide attack at his home which might explain his bold stance against his own party member.

According to Waqas Akram:

Speaking on the point of order in National Assembly, Sh Waqas Akram said that provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah visited Jhang on February 21 in connection with bye-election in PP-82. During his visit, law minister met with the chief of a banned organisation and took him to the election campaign in an official vehicle of the Punjab government with police escort headed by a Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), Waqas Akram further alleged.
He further said that he had no interest in the said constituency (PP-82), as it was a rural constituency from where PML-Q had fielded no candidate, however, PPP and PML-N were contesting the elections in that constituency.
“I urge these political parties not to put the lives of people in danger for the sake of some votes,” he appealed.

In October 2009, Ayesha Siddiqua had described the hostility and non-cooperation of the Jhang district government as well as the Punjab government in her attempt to learn more about militancy in the district. Ayesha Siddiqua especially mentioned the accusations made by Rana Sanaullah that by trying to study the issue of sectarian militancy, she was “using a Western lens” to look at the issue. Rana Sanaullah also went out of his way to deny the presence of Jaish-e-Muhammad in Southern Punjab. Now it turns out that not only is Rana Sanaullah denying the presence of militancy in Southern Punjab but he is also maintaining his ties with these groups in order to strengthen his vote bank. Shame on PML-N leaders like Rana Sanaullah for allying themselves with terrorist groups who are slaughtering innocent Pakistanis and launching attacks against other PML-N politicians. Will it take a suicide attack on Rana Sanaullah for him to finally see reason?

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6 responses to “Rana Sanaullah touring Jhang with the leader of Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (SSP)

  1. SYED AHSAN IMAM RIZV

    That is why we hate PML n because they are always sympathetic towards these religious terrorists who are targetting minorities and now ordinary citizens of Pakistan anyways they are only confined ujpto punjab now and very soon ppp and mqm will eliminate them from there as well cuz we the ordinary pakistani prefer liberal and secular parties not a narrow minded parties like pml n.

  2. Zeeshan Asad

    Who will decide that a person is a terrorist or not and what about stae terrorism Masacre in Lal mosque masacre in Karachi 12 May let the courts decide do’t propogate the issues for the sake of politicla affiliations

  3. Rabia

    Zeeshan, how can Sipah-e-Sahaba NOT be considered a terrorist organization by anyone?

  4. Hassan

    Mr. Zeeshan u looks like a part of that terrorists parties also.

  5. Nawazish Ali

    Do you know what is basic difference between PPP and PML-N?. The main difference between both the parties is difference of ideology. PPP is a pro- liberal and a secular party while PML-N is right wing of extremist elements. For the prove, PPP took a stringent action against the militants and put entire weight to flush out militants while the recent admission by Rana Sanaullah about his association with the banned militant group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) illuminates pro-extremist face of PML-N. It is worrying to assume that relationships between the government and militant outfits still exist. Furthermore, the core principle of any constitutional democratic set-up is that the representative of the government is an extension of the state; therefore by the minister associating with a banned militant group, the government’s policies regarding militants and terrorists have come into conflict. In understanding this, one has to realise that militants are non-state rogue actors and to combat them the resolve must start from within the government. For a country that is trying to fight terror on a national level, it has failed to make its own government representatives accountable to the national policy. It also means that the government — provincial and federal — is not implementing the writ of the state. Without the implementation of the writ of the state, order in the country cannot be sustained.

  6. Reasoner

    Zeeshan,

    There are hundreds of cases registered against leaders/members of SSP for killing thousands of Shias/Barelvis !
    BTW is there any doubt about SSP’s relations with Taliban and Al-Qaeda Terrorists ???
    TTP’s leaders Hakeeullah Mehsud, Qari Hussain and Qari Zafar were previously working for SSP !

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