3 Nov 2022

Attack on Imran Khan: Former Pakistan PM Names Three Suspects Including PM Shehbaz Sharif

Wazirabad: Unidentified assailants opened fire on container-mounted-truck carrying  former Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Wazirabad, in Pakistan's Punjab province during his protest march. Imran Khan, the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-Insaaf (PTI) party sustained bullet injury in the leg but is out of danger.

In a statement, the Punjab police said that seven people were injured and a PTI worker was killed during the attack. It added that a suspect has been arrested. 

While Khan escaped with a bullet wound to his right calf, several PTI officials were hit by the spray of gunfire.

Khan names three suspects: Imran Khan alleged that the current prime minister, interior minister and an army general plotted the failed "assassination attempt" on him, his close aide said in a video statement.

Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Asad Umar in a video statement said that party chairman Imran Khan has named three suspects who could be behind today's attack.

"Imran Khan called us and told us to convey this message to the nation on his behalf...He said that he believes three people - Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal (Naseer) - were involved in the attack on him," Umar said.

He said they should be immediately removed from their current positions.

Protest will be held: Khan has warned that a nation-wide protest will be held if the individuals accused by him were not removed from their offices, Umar added.

Dr Faisal Sultan, the former assistant to the prime minister on health, has said that Khan's condition is stable.

Shehbaz Sharif condemns attack

Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday 'severely condemned' an incident of gunfire at a protest march by ex-PM Imran Khan. Sharif told minister Rana Sanaullah to get reports from top police and government officials.

Stating violence should have no place in Pakistan's politics, Sharif said the federal government will extend all support necessary to Punjab government for security and investigation.

Khan, who was shot at in his shin, was leading a chaotic convoy of thousands towards capital Islamabad, demanding fresh elections. He was ousted from office in April.

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