September 23, 2023

Pakistani Government Removes Imran Khan’s Security

Pakistani government removes Imran Khan's security

Imran Khan, speaking from his Lahore residence via video link, accuses former President Zardari of funding a terrorist group’s assassination attempt, referred to as ‘Plan-C’. It should be noted that prior to the attack in Wazirabad, 50 police officers were assigned to protect Khan’s safety. Here is all you need to know why “Pakistani government removes Imran Khan’s security”.

Pakistani government removes Imran Khan's security

On Friday, the Islamabad Police removed security from the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, known as BGala, located in the capital city. Additionally, the caretaker government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) also recalled the K-P security personnel assigned to guard the PTI Chairman, as reported by The News International.

This decision to withdraw security was made while Khan is publicly accusing former President and PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari of conspiring to assassinate him by providing financial support to a terrorist group, as reported by The Express Tribune newspaper.

What Imran Khan said?

During a press conference from his residence in Lahore, Imran Khan spoke via video link and claimed that there was a conspiracy against him, which he referred to as ‘Plan-C.’ He went on to accuse former President Asif Ali Zardari of providing financial support to a terrorist organization to carry out an assassination attempt against him, as reported by a Pakistan-based newspaper.

It is important to note that following an attack on Khan in Wazirabad, a total of 50 police officers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were assigned to protect his safety. According to reports, after the appointment of the caretaker Punjab chief minister on January 22nd, the provincial government sent a letter to the KP government on January 24th requesting the withdrawal of Khan’s security, as reported by The News International.

What all security have been revoked?

As stated by a spokesperson for the capital’s police, Bani Gala is the private residence of the former Prime Minister and he has not been staying in Islamabad for several months. As a result, police from Islamabad and other provinces cannot be deployed at the residence during his absence. Additionally, sources indicate that security provided by the Frontier Corps and KP Police has also been withdrawn, as reported by the Daily Times.

On November 23, Khan was targeted during a march he was leading called “Azadi March” against the PML-N party, calling for snap elections. Law enforcement agencies arrested a suspect named Naveed Meher at the scene of the attack, who later admitted to firing at the PTI leadership. The incident was reported on November 7 under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. 

The investigation into the assassination attempt on Khan was handed over to an anti-corruption officer named Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, according to sources within the JIT. As per The News International report, Dogar was solely tasked with interrogating the suspect by anti-corruption officer Anwar Shah and no other members of the JIT were given access to the attacker.

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