Imran Khan Announced on Sunday that his party would resume a march to Islamabad from the same spot where he survived an assassination attempt, but was shot during a rally in Punjab province, he said he wanted to “live the life of a slave”. instead of death”.
70 year old former prime minister and chairman of Pakistan The Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which had undergone bullet surgery on Thursday, was addressing a press conference from its charitable organization-owned Shaukat Khanum Hospital.
“We have decided that our march will resume from that on Tuesday.” [point] In Wazirabad where I and 11 others were shot and where Moazzam was martyred.”
Khan was shot in the right leg when two gunmen opened fire on him and the other at a truck mounted on a container in the Wazirabad area where he was leading the march.
PTI worker Moazzam Gondal died after being shot during the attack on Khan. The rally was postponed after the attack.
I will address the Hakiki Azadi March here (in Lahore) and our march, depending on the pace, will reach Rawalpindi within the next 10 to 14 days.
The PTI chief said that once the march reaches Rawalpindi, he will join it and lead it himself.
In a veiled reference to the powerful military establishment, Khan said: “They (military establishment) want to instill fear among us. But let me tell you… we will not go from our stand and have to sacrifice our lives for the sake of real life.” I am ready for freedom. I prefer death rather than living a slave’s life.”
A day after the attack on him, Khan alleged that three people – Prime Minister Shahbaz, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Nasir – were behind the assassination attempt on his life.
The army has dismissed Khan’s allegations as “baseless and irresponsible”.
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Asking whether “some people” are above the law, the PTI president said, “I am facing problem in registering an FIR on the incident of firing on my container. No Punjab Police officer can register an FIR on my complaint. If I, being the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, cannot register a case of attack on me, then imagine what will happen to the common man.
“I want a transparent investigation into the matter. There was a pattern in the attack on me. First they called me a blasphemer and then tried to kill me like the late Punjab governor Salman Taseer,” he said.
“The confession of the suspect was recorded and released (to the media) to cover up the crime. The Inspector General of Police, Punjab, lied that the video record of the suspect was hacked. In fact, they (police officers) had to register. are afraid of FIR because they have orders from them (military establishment),” alleged Khan.
At a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, Prime Minister Shahbaz said Khan’s party PTI was in power in Punjab province and the provincial government should explain why an FIR for attempt to murder has not been registered yet.
Khan also called for the formation of a judicial commission to probe the attack on him, the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif, the harassment and circulation of obscene videos of PTI Senator Azam Swati and the cyber controversy (about the toppling of the PTI government). demanded. United States).
“I wonder if any ISI officer is involved in such dirty acts then no action is taken against him. I am surprised at the statement of Director General (Major General Babar Iftikhar) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) that The organization stands with its officers, including one of the officers involved in the attack on me.
“I want to ask him if there are no black sheep in any institution,” Khan said and questioned the DG ISPR as to why there is a need for a court martial if the army officers do not do any wrong.
He also urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to look into all the issues raised by him as the nation looks up to him for justice.
Following the assassination attempt on Khan, Punjab Inspector General of Police Faisal Shahkar has resigned, saying it was not possible for him to continue “at my present assignment” due to “personal reasons”.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in a press conference on Sunday raised doubts over the attack on Khan, calling it an act.
He questioned the confusion surrounding Khan’s injuries as to whether he had sustained one bullet or more than two and one leg or both. He also argued that Khan surprisingly went to Lahore instead of a nearby hospital.
Khan, who was ousted as prime minister after a no-confidence motion was passed in the National Assembly in April this year, is calling for a fresh general election in Pakistan. However, the federal government led by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is now opposed to holding elections. The term of the current National Assembly will end in August 2023.
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