Imran Khan, former Pakistan prime Minister, claimed on Friday that four bullets hit his leg in a firing that was an assassination attempt, during a protest March on Thursday.
Imran Khan’s revelations
He also revealed that he had some knowledge about the coming danger earlier.
In a television briefing, he said, “I had already learned that there was a plan in place to kill me somewhere between Wazirabad and Gujrat.”
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Khan spoke while being admitted to the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore receiving treatment for his injuries. “Four people plotted to kill me. I made a video and named those people and have stashed it abroad,” he added, saying that he would release the video in case something untoward happens to him.
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Khan, who was forced from office by a vote of confidence in April of this year, claimed that his government would have won the no-trust motion. He added, “But they (the coalition leaders) utilised the money to succeed. He reiterated the international conspiracy theories that his government’s autonomous foreign policy was being supported by the US.
Dr Faisal Sultan said that x-rays of Khan’s right leg showed that his tibia was damaged and even fractured. “In this scan, the line you see on the right leg is the main artery. The bullet fragments were very near it,” Sultan said.
Khan was hit with a bullet in the right leg and was injured when a gunman fired rounds of bullets at him and others standing on the container mounted truck in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province while leading a protest March against the Shehbaz Sharif government.
Khan’s attacker confesses
Khan’s supposed shooter shared in a video on social media as saying, “I thought of this as there was Azaan going on and on the other side, Imran Khan is taking out his container and making noise. My conscience did not approve of this. I decided this suddenly… I conspired against Imran Khan when he kicked off his long march from Lahore. I made up my mind that I will not leave him alive,”
“I came on a bike and I parked it at my uncle’s shop. He has a motorcycle showroom,” he added.
Khan takes ruling leaders’ names behind the attack
During his briefing, Imran Khan was wheelchair-ridden with his injured leg pulled up and bandaged. He criticized and blamed the government as well as the military leadership.
In his accusations, the former prime minister has accused big names from the government for the attack. Senior PTI leader Asad Umar reiterated Khan’s words in a video message and said that he has named Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanuallah and major general Faisal Naseer, a director general of powerful Inter-Service Intelligence, are among those responsible for the attack. The “assassination attempt on Imran Khan is an attack on Pakistan,” he said.
After Khan was fired upon, police released teargas on protesters to avoid overcrowding in Rawalpindi, Lahore, and Karachi as they had blocked roads. Several videos on news channels showed police putting a few demonstrators into the vehicle.
The rage of people about what seemed to many as an assassination plot is likely to gather support for the former prime minister. This may also lead to difficulties in governing in the already debt-ridden country.
On the other hand, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has accused Khan of taking political advantage of the incident.
Various social media videos show Khan’s supporters protesting near a military commander’s house in Peshawar and destroying a military tank.