The suspect caught by police in Pakistan for opening fire during the PTI’s long march has said he wanted to kill former Prime Minister Imran Khan because “he was misleading the public.”
3 Men responsible
Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders on Thursday stated that former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan believes that the attack on him in which bullets were fired was carried out on the orders of three people including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the country’s Interior Minister and a top ISI general and his remarks were based on information he had received.
“A short while ago, Imran Khan informed us to issue this statement on his behalf. He believes there are three people on whose order this was done – Shehbaz Sharif, Rana Sanaullah, and Maj Gen Faisal. He said he was receiving information and is saying this on that basis,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Asad Umar and Mian Aslam Iqbal said, reported NDTV.
Rana Sanaullah is Pakistan’s Interior Minister and Major General Faisal Naseer is Director General (C) ISI.
Also, the PTI leaders said that Imran Khan’s condition is stable and he is out of danger. Meanwhile, the suspect caught by police in Pakistan for opening fire during the PTI’s long march has said he wanted to kill former Prime Minister Imran Khan because “he was misleading the public,” media reports said.
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Imran Khan called Asad Umar to hospital and asked him to release this statement on his behalf. pic.twitter.com/WtAB2rsvfI
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 3, 2022
The firing incident
Imran Khan was injured in a firing incident near his container in Wazirabad in Pakistan’s Punjab province during his long march against the ruling coalition, reported ARY News.
Imran Khan was shot in his leg while speaking at a political rally in Islamabad. His aides called the shooting a clear assassination attempt. Officials say one other person has died. pic.twitter.com/GaxwwPm8Fr
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When the police asked why he committed the crime, the shooter said, “Imran Khan was misleading people and I could not tolerate it so I tried to kill him. I tried my best to kill him. I tried killing only Imran Khan and no one else.”
“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 from the day he kicked off his long march from Lahore. I made up my mind that I will not leave him alive,” the shooter said according to a video shared on social media.
Guy wearing FILA is a hero. He saved everyone's life including Imran Khan#imrankhanourredline #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے #firing pic.twitter.com/zClywbFjOe
— عبدالہادی 😏 (@Abdulhadi051) November 3, 2022
Responding to whether there was someone else in the conspiracy, the shooter said, “I have conspired this alone and no one else is involved in this. I came on a bike and I parked it at my uncle’s shop. He has a motorcycle showroom.”
The Punjab police have also said that seven people were injured and a person was killed during the firing incident. As per the police, the person who was killed has been identified as Muazzam Nawaz, reported Dawn.
Discrepancies in the confession video.
1- In the beginning of video, he says he decided on the spot to kill Imran Khan.
2- Then he says he was tracking Imran Khan since the day Khan left Lahore to kill him. pic.twitter.com/fpIjwWkH7B
— OSINT Insider (@OSINT_Insider) November 3, 2022
Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has urged Punjab police to immediately cordon off the crime scene and seal Imran Khan’s container for investigation purposes.