Imran Khan to get legal notice for murder plan charge against Zardari

Khan has accused former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari of paying a terrorist outfit for his assassination.

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By: Raja Muneeb
Updated: 28 January, 2023 6:06 pm IST
Former PM Imran Khan survived an assassination attempt at an anti-government march in November last year.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has announced to send a legal notice to former prime minister Imran Khan for his allegation that former president Asif Ali Zardari paid terrorists to assassinate him.

While addressing a virtual press conference, Khan on Friday accused Zardari of hatching a fresh plan with the country’s intelligence agencies to assassinate him after the previous two attempts had failed.

“Now they have made a Plan C, and Asif Zardari is behind this. He has an ample amount of corruption money, which he loots from the Sindh government and spends on winning elections,” Khan said.

“He has given money to a terrorist outfit and people from powerful agencies are facilitating him. This has been decided on three fronts and they will act soon,” said the chief of Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Khan, who has repeatedly alleged conspiracy for his murder, survived an assassination attempt when a man shot him in the leg during his anti-government march in Wazirabad in November last year.

In response to Khan’s allegations, PPP leaders Farhatullah Babar, Nayyar Bukhari, and Qamar Zaman Kaira criticized him for the allegation, saying the former PM had lost his mind.

The PPP leaders said that the party would issue a legal notice, demanding he rescinds his allegations, which he termed as “baseless and a lie”.

“Imran Khan has politically died regarding his political thinking and political character. He is afflicted with depression and panic,” said PPP leader Nayyar Bukhari, adding that Khan blamed Pakistani institutions like the election commission and the former army chief in panic.

Kaira stated that Khan’s politics involved throwing opponents in jail, character assassination, disrespect and spreading panic. He further said that Khan’s politics is a tenant of fascism, and his governance was not democratic.

On Friday, the election commission issued a notification to hold by-elections on March 16 for the 33 seats of the National Assembly that fell vacant after the resignations of lawmakers from Khan’s PTI party.

PTI party MPs had resigned en-masse from the lower house of parliament following his ouster in April last year through a no-confidence vote.

Pakistan parliament in July last year accepted the resignations of only eleven lawmakers. After many months on January 17, the national assembly speaker accepted another 34 PTI resignations and followed it with 35 more on January 20. Later, he accepted another 43 resignations on January 25 to virtually eliminate the PTI from the house.

The ECP has started the process of the election on the vacant seats by announcing March 16 as the date for polls on only 33 seats. The notification for holding elections on the other vacant seats would also be announced separately.

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