The story of the removal of the Chairman NADRA Mr. Tariq Malik has taken a new twist with more information coming out that Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah played a major role in the whole episode. Supreme Court of Pakistan is set to hear Federal government’ appeal against Islamabad High Court’s order of December 3, 2013, suspending the illegal notification of December 2, that effected the removal of the Chairman NADRA. Thus CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry is going to hear a case that directly involves his cousin Rana Sanaullah with a major role in the whole mess up.
Sources within PML (N) said that although the Minister of Interior had taken upon himself to defend the government’s position on the issues, real player in the deal Rana Sanaullah has been lying low. Rana Sanaullah besides being a relative of the current Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry is also PML (N) main trouble shooter in Punjab. But Rana by involving himself into a controversy where he being a provincial minister threatened a federal government functionary has literally shot himself in the foot. His actions were blatantly illegal and against all the principles of federation.
Rana Sanaullah it may be reported has been instrumental in projecting and protecting Arsalan Iftikhar’s business during the last tenure. He helped “Junior Chahdhry’ business by involving district administration of Punjab for identifying sites and acquiring those sometimes even through the muscle of the district administration.
On the night of December 2, when a mid-night operation was launched, Rana Sanaullah was advised many times by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be cautious but Rana being Rana did not pay head and in collaboration with the Federal Minister of interior went ahead and completed the task. Some of the members of the National Assembly who could be impacted due to the thumb verification process were also involved in the process of convincing Nawaz Sharif to let Rana Sanaullah and Chaudhry Nisar to go ahead with their plan.
Once the cat was out of the bag and Rana Sanaullah’s name was revealed by the media as the man who was used by the PML (N) to threaten Chairman NADRA, panic set in the family. Sources in PML (N) said that when the Islamabad High court suspended the illegal notification, it further worried the Rana family. Family connections were immediately put into motion and the elders of the family approached the Mr. Chaudhry of the Supreme Court. Federal government immediately challenged the IHC order in the Supreme Court with an application for early hearing. CJ Chaudhry now is set to hear the case Tuesday, while heading a three member bench.
Iftikhar Chaudhry is in a fix now as the details of the removal of Chairman NADRA make it amply clear that it was a political issue instead of simple administrative issue. Justice Chaudhry who is trying to retire in next couple of days with dignity will have to go back on many of his own verdicts if he desires to provide immediate relief to the government in this case. How will the Rana family take this and how do they survive this test will be an interesting watch.