Ex PM Imran Khan shot at, injured in his leg.
- • A PTI supporter was killed and 14 others, including lawmakers, were injured when shots were fired at a container carrying party leadership.
- • Asad conveys Imran’s message, blaming the government and military officials for the attack.
- • Fawad calls it an attack on Pakistan and its people, and urges workers and supporters to seek vengeance.
- • Protests erupt across the country
Ex PM Imran Khan was shot at and injured in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on Thursday evening when a suspect. Standing in front of the container carrying the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief and senior party leaders. Fired a volley of bullets with an automatic pistol when the party’s ‘Haqaaqi Azadi’ march reached Wazirabad’s Allahwala Chowk.
It was later revealed that a PTI supporter, Muazzam Nawaz, had died, and that 14 party leaders and workers. Including Senator Faisal Javed Khan, MNA Ahmad Nasir Chattha, and Omer Mayar, had been injured.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Who was shot multiple times in the leg, was reported to be stable and was transferred to Lahore’s Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.
After his operation at Shaukat Khanum. The PTI chairman stated that he was fine and that the long march would continue until it reached Islamabad. “I will not back down. But will remain determined to bring Haqeeqi Azadi to my fellow Pakistanis,” he said, according to PTI official media. Adding that the march would resume from Wazirabad at 11 a.m. on Friday (today).
The PTI resumed its long march from Wazirabad on Thursday afternoon. The seventh day of the movement, with a target time of 4:15pm.
According to witnesses. The suspected assailant fired an entire round of the bullet magazine and was attempting to load a second.
The “targeted” attack drew widespread condemnation from both sides of the political aisle.
Fawad Chaudhry, a senior PTI leader, claimed it was “a planned assassination attempt on Imran Khan. And he escaped narrowly,” claiming an automatic weapon was used.
“It was a well-planned assassination attempt on Imran Khan,” Mr Chaudhry tweeted. The assassin intended to kill Imran Khan and the PTI leadership. It wasn’t a 9MM round, but rather a burst from an automatic weapon. There were no two ways about it: it was a narrow escape.”
A highly charged Chaudhry had immediately after the incident called it an attack on Pakistan and its people. And asked party workers and supporters across the country to seek vengeance from atop the leading container in the long march.
“The assailant had aimed at Imran Khan. But two marchers sensed danger and pushed the pistol down, averting a major disaster,” he explained.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid, President of the PTI in Punjab. Also warned the establishment that “Imran Khan is our red line, and you have crossed it.” “You cannot deter us,” she tweeted. You simply cannot! We will hold you accountable.”
The suspect arrested at the crime scene claimed in a video statement apparently leaked by the police. That he planned to kill Mr Khan when the long march began in Lahore. “I tried everything I could to kill him and no one else because he was misguiding people,” he explained. The suspect, who had previously served time in prison for theft. Also claimed he acted alone and planned the conspiracy himself.
Imran blames the government and military officials.
Later, in a video statement. PTI Secretary General Asad Umar said Mr Khan was safe and had conveyed a message that he had prior knowledge of the attack on his life. Holding three senior government and military officials responsible. He went on to say that “PTI chief Imran Khan demanded [the trio’s] removal from their offices. He instructed workers to wait for the party’s next protest call.
Mr Umar was accompanied by Punjab senior minister Mian Aslam Iqbal.
Later, the electronic media watchdog barred TV channels from airing Mr Umar’s statement. Stating that “broadcasting of such content is likely to create hatred among the people. Or is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order or is likely to disturb public peace and tranquilly. Or endangers national security is a serious violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 . As well as the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.”
Mr Khan’s ex-wife, Jemima Goldsmith, praised the PTI supporter who overpowered the suspect. She tweeted “hero” with a photo of the man. She also expressed gratitude to God that the former premier was okay. Ex PM Imran khan said to have later spoken to his children in the United Kingdom and assured them that he was safe.
According to sources, a Gujranwala city police officer issued. A threat alert on November 1 stating that the VIP security provided to Mr Khan needed to be beefed up and suggested that a bullet-proof shield.
“A bullet-proof shield, bullet-proof rostrum. And a screen have arrived in Gujranwala and must be installed on the container for Imran Khan’s protection,”. The threat alert stated.
To use a bullet-proof rostrum and shield since the march began in Lahore. He added that the Punjab government had formed an investigation team comprised of district police and counter-terrorism department officials.
Senator Ejaz Chaudhry tweeted shortly after Thursday’s attack.
Hamza, a DJ in charge of the march’s sound system, told a news channel. That he was on the container when he saw three people fire on the vehicle. “A shooter standing on the terrace of a nearby building was carrying a big gun,”. He said, adding that several people were injured and dismissing.
The Punjab police claimed late Thursday. Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Faisal Shahkar has directed the Counter-Terrorism Department. As well as regional and district police officers in Gujrat. To conduct investigations into the incident in order to bring the true facts to light.
JIT was established.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has directed the IGP to form a joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate Mr Khan’s attack. He also took note of the alleged leak of the arrested suspect’s video. Statement and suspended the entire police station’s staff.
Shaukat Khanum hospital
Mr Elahi and his son Moonis also went to Shaukat Khanum hospital to inquire about Mr Khan. Mr Elahi said Imran Khan was fine and committed to his mission of ‘true independence’ in a video message from the hospital. He stated that the JIT would look into the motives for the attack and identify those who trained the assailant.
Refuting the claim that the assailant acted alone. That all those responsible and perpetrators of the “conspiracy” would be held accountable.
“All police officers’ cell phones have been confiscated and turned over to the forensic department. For analysis and information on who was in contact with whom and where,” he added.
Ex PM Imran khan wife, Bushra Bibi, also paid him a visit in the hospital.
Interior Minister’s Report
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the Wazirabad attack and asked the interior minister for a report.
The Prime Minister condemned the firing and prayed for the PTI chairman’s quick recovery and health in a series of tweets. Seeking a report from the interior minister, the prime minister stated. That the federal government would provide the Punjab government with all necessary security and investigation assistance. “Violence has no place in our country’s politics,” he insisted.
The attack on former Prime Minister Khan and his party leaders was also strongly condemned. By the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Riyadh issued a statement condemning the “attempted assassination” on Twitter.
Mr. Trudeau called the attack “completely unacceptable” and condemned the violence. “It has no place in politics, democracy, or our society.”
Immediately following Mr Khan’s assassination. PTI leaders and supporters took to the streets in cities across the country to condemn the attack And Babu Sabu Interchange, with protesters burning tyres and blocking roads.
Protests were held in Karachi from the Power House intersection to the 4K intersection.
A massive protest was held in Rawalpindi’s Faizabad area. With people burning tyres, shouting anti-government and pro-Imran Khan slogans, and blocking Murree Road. Another, led by PTI leader Farrukh Habib.
Protesters gathered outside the Corps Commander House in Peshawar, shouting ‘independence’ slogans.
MNA Amjad Ali Khan and District General Secretary Ameer Khan led a protest at Dattakhel Chowk in Mianwali.
Protests in Hafizabad, Kotli, and Muzaffarabad in AJK, Gilgit, Multan, Ahmedpur East, Chanigoth, Uch Sharif, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Pindigheb, Jahanian, Buner, Lodhran, Bajaur, Parachinar, Swabi, Kohat, Timergara, and Gojra were also held.