Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to constitute a “full court commission” to probe allegations levelled by PTI Chairman Imran Khan wherein he accused the premier, interior minister and a senior military official of orchestrating the failed assassination attempt on him.
“I am requesting chief justice of Pakistan to constitute a full court commission and include all judges whether they are senior or junior,” said the premier while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday.
PM Shehbaz vehemently rejected the allegations that he, interior minister and the senior military official had any link with the attack on Imran Khan during PTI’s long march.
“If I am found involved in any conspiracy, I will quit politics,” he announced.
PM Shehbaz said he will write to the chief justice to formally request him to constitute the full court commission headed by a top court judge.
“The federal government will also fully cooperate with the commission and will accept its findings whole-heartedly,” he added.
PM Shehbaz said the Pakistan Army's demand to probe the allegations of the PTI chief will be accepted in letter and spirit.
“I will appear before the commission whenever it will summon me.”
The development came a day after Pakistan Army requested the government of Pakistan to investigate the matter and initiate legal action against those responsible for defamation and false accusations against the institution and its officials without any evidence whatsoever.
The ISPR in a statement said that “allegations” levelled by the PTI chairman against the institution and particularly a senior army officer were absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for, terming them "baseless and irresponsible".
"Pakistan army prides itself for being an extremely professional and well-disciplined organisation with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system applicable across the board for unlawful acts, if any, committed by uniformed personnel," read the statement issued by the military’s media wign yesterday.
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The prime minister in today's media interaction lashed out at PTI chief Imran for accusing him, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and the senior military official of orchestrating the failed assassination bid on him during the long march, saying that India is using his statement to target Pakistan’s institutions.
“You [Imran Khan] are pushing nation towards destructions through lies… it’s my responsibility to save the nation from this destruction,” he said.
“May Allah give him [Imran] and others injured health and speedy recovery,” he said, adding that everyone condemned the firing incident in the PTI’s long march.
His statement came a day after Imran Khan broke his silence and alleged that three people – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a senior military officer, were behind the botched assassination attempt on his life.
Imran sustained bullet wounds to his leg after a gunman opened fires on his container, as he led the PTI’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March’ in Wazirabad on Thursday. One person died in the incident, while several PTI leaders were injured.
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He also asked his party workers and supporters to continue protesting against the assassination attempt until three “accused” resigned. He said the resignations of the three, who “controlled all agencies”, was necessary for an impartial probe.
Reacting to Imran’s allegations against the military official, PM Shehbaz said Imran “is attacking Pakistan Army like an enemy”. “Indian media is rejoicing at his statements and a smear campaign is being run on social media against the military.
“This man is liar from head to toe… he is trying his best to destroy the nation.”
PM Shehbaz said investigating the PTI chief’s allegations that have “jolted the foundations” of the country have become inevitable to bury the conspiracy against the state institutions.
Asking Imran to provide evidence of his allegations, PM Shehbaz said, “I have no right to be the prime minister even for a minute if I am found guilty.”
“Imran’s life is full of contradictions,” said PM Shehbaz while referring to past statements of PTI chief appreciating the army chief.
“Imran Khan would appreciate and used to say that General Qamar Javed Bajwa is standing with me,” the premier recalled Imran’s statement when he was the prime minister.
“PTI’s social media brigade is criticising Pakistan Army using foul and vulgar language,” he said.
“One cannot even imagine that anyone can stoop so low… we have reached at a point in history where we have to separate truth from lies.”
He also raised questions over the security arrangements of Punjab government, saying that the Centre had already issued a threat alert and a communiqué was sent to the provincial authorities before the attack on PTI convoy in Wazirabad.
“Why did Imran Khan go straight to Shaukat Khanum Hospital? Why he did not visit any government hospital to get the medico-legal certificate,” the premier remarked.
PM Shehbaz also rejected the allegations that the federal government was pressuring provincial police to not register a first information report (FIR) of the attack on PTI chief.