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PML-N govt plotting to assassinate me, claims ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan

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Press Trust of India

Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, made these startling allegations in a video tackle to his supporters.

Imran Khan survived an assassination try in November final yr. (File picture/AP)

By Press Trust of India: Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday alleged that the PML-N-led authorities was plotting to assassinate him on the sample of Murtaza Bhutto, who was killed in police firing when his sister Benazir Bhutto was in energy in 1996.

Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, made these startling allegations in a video tackle to his supporters. Khan survived an assassination try in November final yr when unidentified gunmen opened fireplace on the container-mounted-truck carrying him throughout a protest march in Punjab province.

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“Now another plan has been hatched. I am telling everyone, the judiciary [and] especially Punjab police,” 70-year-old Khan claimed in the video address.

He alleged that the police chiefs of Islamabad and Punjab, and their “handlers” had deliberate one other operation exterior Zaman Park residence.

“What is the plan? That there is another operation outside Zaman Park either today or tomorrow. They have made two squads who will mix among our people, and then shoot and kill four to five police officials,” Khan claimed.

Khan said this would then prompt an attack from the other side, following which PTI workers would be killed in a Model Town-like situation.

“They will create a situation similar to the assassination of Murtaza Bhutto and kill me,” he warned.

Murtaza, the brother of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was was killed in a police encounter in Karachi in 1996.

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Ironically, Benazir was in power that time.

She was killed 11 years later in a terrorist attack during an election rally in Rawalpindi in 2007.

The elements in the military establishment are blamed for their assassinations.

Khan urged his party workers to show restraint and not get provoked by the “operation.”

“Whatever the police do. Don’t get provoked. Understand their plan. I am ready to go to jail but do not want bloodshed,” he said.

A few days ago, he claimed that a “death trap” was being laid out during his appearance in Islamabad’s court.

“A death trap was laid out at the Federal Judicial Complex, Islamabad where I had to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case. Some 20 unknown people — a reference to intelligence agencies men — were present in the complex to kill me,” he asserted.

Last week, clashes were reported between his defiant supporters and security personnel after Khan arrived at the Islamabad judicial complex to attend hearing in the Toshakhana case.

As he left Lahore for Islamabad, the Punjab police launched a search operation at his sprawling premises in the upscale Zaman Park area.

On Wednesday, a total of 143 cases were registered against Khan, mostly on terrorism charges.

“I don’t care about my cases but the way PTI workers are being arrested on false cases, we are now writing to all international human rights organisations against these atrocities,” he mentioned.

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Khan additionally claimed that the PML-N authorities goes to undertake a decision in a joint session of the parliament to delay elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The PTI chief has been within the dock for getting presents, together with an costly Graff wristwatch, he had obtained because the premier at a reduced worth from the state depository known as Toshakhana and promoting them for revenue.

Khan was ousted from energy in April final yr after dropping a no-confidence vote, turning into the primary Pakistani prime minister to be voted out by the National Assembly.

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Mar 22, 2023