The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court cites an intelligence report that fears another assassination attempt against the former prime minister.
Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani top judge, referring to an intelligence report, says that the life of former Prime Minister Imran Khan is at stake for fear of another assassination attempt on the politician.
Aamer Farooq, the chief justice of Islamabad’s Supreme Court, made the remarks Friday while hearing a petition filed by a trade organization about road closures in the national capital amid political protests.
Earlier this month, Khan, 70, was shot in the leg by an attacker in the city of Wazirabad during a “long march” to Islamabad demanding immediate elections.
A supporter of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was killed and more than a dozen others injured in the attack, forcing the party to suspend its march.
The cricket icon turned politician accused Prime Minister Shehbaz SharifHome Minister Rana Sanaullah and military officer General Faisal Naseer of plotting the attack.
Khan did not provide any evidence for his allegations, which were rejected by the government and military. The suspect has been arrested and is being held in custody interrogated by the police.
During the court hearing on Friday, the police presented an intelligence report to the court suggesting that there is a possibility of another attack on Khan once he rejoins the march on Islamabad.
Judge Farooq also asked the PTI to submit a new application seeking permission to hold his rally in Islamabad. He urged the police to ensure the safety of the protesters when they reach the city.
Khan, who is recovering from his gunshot wound at his home in Lahore, addressed protesters via video link after the “long march” resumed on Nov. 10.
He is expected to rejoin the march later this week when it reaches Rawalpindi.
Since he was removed from power in April this year after losing a vote of confidence in parliament, Khan has held rallies across Pakistan to urge the government to call early elections by the end of next year.
The PTI chief blamed his firing on a “foreign conspiracy” hatched by the United States in conspiracy with its political opponents and its opponents in the powerful military. Islamabad and Washington have repeatedly denied the allegations.
However, in a recent interview with the British newspaper Financial Times, Khan made a U-turnsaying he was willing to move on from the controversy.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over, it’s behind me. The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relations with everyone, especially the United States,” he said.