Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has announced registration of a case on terrorism charges against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah.

Talking to media in Rawalpindi on Saturday after visiting the police officers who sustained injuries during the riots by now proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), the minister said that Rana Sanaullah had threatened Punjab chief secretary, commissioner and other officers on Friday and a case would be registered against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

He said that no one would be allowed to intimidate a government official and his family. Anyone insulting the institutions and threatening officials, will face the consequences, he added.

Fawad Chaudhry said the writ of the government cannot be challenged. The situation in the country had returned to normal after countywide protests by the TLP, he added.

He said Pakistan is not a weak state and advised those who are hatching conspiracies to avoid “misadventure” to harm the country.

He said that in a democracy, there are differences of opinion that can be resolved through dialogue. But no one should attempt to blackmail the government or think they could exert power over it, Fawad maintained.

He expressed his regret for social media outage on Friday, saying it had been “necessary”.

He said the Indian intelligence agency RAW had been involved in the past in sectarian riots and terrorist activities in Pakistan and “there parties who are used to spread sectarian violence do not know who is using them.”

Fawad Chaudhry was all praise for police and security institutions for their gallantry and assured them that the government is committed to enhance their capabilities.

He denied that the government planned to demolish houses in Jati Umra near Lahore.

However, he said, no one would be allowed to illegally occupy state land.

The minister said during investigations it was revealed that the government land was transferred in the name of a woman and then it was transferred to the mother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Later, the Revenue Department declared that the land had been transferred illegally.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the Punjab government acted on the orders of the prime minister and the lands were redeemed from the people who illegally occupied them. Khokhar brothers had occupied the state land and built a palace on it.

Regarding Jahangir Tareen, he said that this was not the first case of Jahangir Tareen. Babar Awan was the first to be accused in PTI on which he resigned and returned on bail while Aleem Khan did the same.

Now Jahangir Tareen has to prove before the court that he did nothing illegal.


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