Centre demands Punjab to constitute JIT to probe into attack on Imran

The federal government on Thursday demanded the Punjab government constitute a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising senior officers to investigate the attack on Imran Khan’s container in a fair, free and credible manner.

Addressing a press conference along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the entire government and its allies had condemned the firing incident.

He said the federal government had also assured the Punjab government of every assistance during the investigation.

He also appealed to shun the politics of violence and hatred and avoid putting the country in any danger.

Sanaullah also condemned the firing incident and said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and coalition partners of the government had also expressed deep grief and sorrow over this tragic incident.

He also prayed for the long life of those who got injured and expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of a worker.

Rana Sanaullah condemned the statements of Dr Shireen Mazari who alleged him and an institution of a state for involvement in this incident. He said that Fawad Chaudhry should also avoid an irresponsible statement of taking revenge which might create unrest.

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He asked the question, how PTI leaders were inciting the attacks by holding the prime minister, the interior minister and an official of an institution responsible for the incident. “If you ignite the fire, remember that you will also be burned in this fire.”

The security czar said that Punjab chief minister and the Punjab government should resign after the alleged attacker’s video was leaked. He also commended PTI workers and police for nabbing the accused red-handed, otherwise, some people might have had more opportunities to politicise this issue.

Following the instructions of the Prime Minister, Sanaullah said that the provincial government has been assured that the federal government is ready to provide whatever assistance is required in the investigation of the matter. “A JIT consisting of senior officers should be formed for the investigation.”

He further said that we condemned all forms of violence. Before this, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was a victim of violence in 2017 and 2018 while the latest example was the incident that happened in Masjid-e- Nabawi, in which the leaders of a political party used inappropriate words against political opponents near the shrine of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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Rana Sanaullah said that the Saudi government arrested these people and gave exemplary punishments. After the incident, PM Shehbaz went to Saudi Arabia for the first time and requested Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman release these people and they were released.

He said that Asad Umar gave a statement on behalf of Imran Khan that the responsibility for this attack lies on Shehbaz Sharif, Rana Sanaullah and an officer of an institution. “Look at the confession statement of the accused, who was caught by your worker and handed over to the Punjab Police.

“There is your [PTI] government and the Chief Minister but you are trying to use this incident for nefarious purposes without any evidence,” he added.

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Sanaullah said that the statement of the accused should not have been disseminated in the media. “The statement of the accused was leaked, did we do this too, is the police, the Punjab government ours,” he said and demanded the Punjab government to resign instead of suspending the police officials.

“The statement of the assailant is clear as to why he attacked and resorted to violence. I condemn such thinking but if youth are misled then some misled person might target you,” he added. “Without investigation and evidence, the PTI had been trying to politicise this incident which is unfair.”

To a question, the federal minister said that he is a political worker and supports coordination and contacts among political parties to resolve issues through negotiation. But what we can do as our opponent demonstrates a stubborn attitude and refuse to sit with us, he added.

He said that the federal government has serious concerns over this security lapse despite threats but is ready to cooperate with the Punjab government for a credible and fair investigation.

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