- Naveed wanted to kill Imran when loud music was being played for Azaan
- Imran Khan accused Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and ISI
Lahore. The assassination attempt on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during his march to Islamabad last month was a ‘well-planned conspiracy’. This claim has been made by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the case. Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was attacked on November 3 and a bullet hit his right leg when two gunmen opened fire on Khan and others at the time. The bullet was fired when he was standing on a container truck in the Wazirabad area, about 150 km from Lahore. He was leading a march to Islamabad demanding mid-term elections.
Sharing with the media the findings of the JIT probe headed by Lahore police chief Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, Punjab Home Minister Umar Sarfaraz Cheema on Monday said the gun attack on Khan was an “organized and pre-planned conspiracy”. He said the JIT probe found that there was more than one assailant who tried to kill 70-year-old Khan at the rally. Cheema said that the police have arrested the main suspect Muhammad Naveed and he is in JIT custody for questioning till January 3.
The minister claimed that Naveed was “trained and was present at the scene along with his colleagues.” He said that Naveed had failed the polygraph test. According to Cheema, Naveed told the police that he wanted to kill Khan when loud music was being played for the azaan at the rally. He told that Naveed’s cousin Muhammad Waqas is also in JIT’s custody till January 3 for his objectionable message on social media. Waqas tweeted on November 3, “Something big is going to happen in Imran Khan’s rally today.”
It is notable that Khan had accused the current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sannaullah, and Major General Faisal Naseer of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI of conspiring to assassinate him. The Punjab Police had registered an FIR in the matter but did not name anyone despite Khan’s allegation. Khan is currently recuperating and is at his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore.