Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused three government officials of involvement in the assassination attempt on him on Thursday, a spokesman for his political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said in a video message.
The allegations included current Pakistani Priime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer. PTI spokesman Asad Umar in his statement called for the officers to be removed immediately from their posts, but offered no evidence to support claims that they were somehow involved in the incident.
The attack on Khan, which took place at a political rally in Lahore on Thursday morning, ended with the former prime minister being shot in the foot and taken to a nearby hospital. He is now in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to local media reports, a suspect accused of firing multiple shots at the rally, which killed one person and injured at least six, was arrested at the scene. He was reportedly carrying a 9mm pistol and ammunition and allegedly admitted in a video message to carrying out the attack, according to Pakistani authorities.
“Please pray for us, for Imran Khan, pray for our colleagues who are seriously injured and pray for our party member who has died and been martyred,” PTI said in a statement immediately after the attacks.
Prime Minister Shariz had publicly condemned the incident, calling it “disgusting” and calling for an investigation just hours before the PTI party accused him of being culpable for the shooting.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the incident of shooting at PTI Chairman Imran Khan,” Shariz said in a statement. “Violence must have no place in the politics of our country.”
At the time of the assassination, Khan was leading a protest calling for new elections after the former prime minister was banned from holding public office. The decision came amid a series of corruption scandals, including allegations that Khan accepted jewelry and a Rolex watch as gifts from foreign dignitaries without properly declaring them.
The 70-year-old, who was forced out of office in April after a vote of no confidence, has rejected the allegations against him as politically motivated.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/pakistans-ex-premier-imran-khan-accuses-current-prime-minister-shehbaz-sharif-of-assassination-plot?source=articles&via=rss Pakistan’s ex-PM Imran Khan has accused current PM Shehbaz Sharif of an assassination plot