'Dirty Harry' Major General Faisal, PM Shehbaz Wanted Me Assassinated: Imran Khan

'Dirty Harry' Major General Faisal, PM Shehbaz Wanted Me Assassinated: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that "Dirty Harry" Major General Faisal, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah wanted him killed.

The PTI chairman made the comments while addressing an "important" address to the nation. The former prime minister said the party had been struggling to have an FIR of the Wazirabad assassination attempt lodged. How can, he said, an impartial probe be conducted if the interior minister, prime minister and a major general had been named as suspects. That is why, the PTI chairman said, they needed to vacate office. Imran directed the nation to mount nationwide protests till the three resigned.

Imran said he had sustained four bullets in the Thursday Wazirabad attempt on his life. He said he had prior knowledge that he will be attacked in either Gujrat or Wazirabad.

The PTI supremo questioned how a corrupt Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif could demand a level playing field with him. His wealth, Imran attributed to blood and sweat. Pakistan, the former prime minister said, had been doomed courtesy the Sharifs and the Zardaris.

Imran said Major General Faisal had wreaked havoc on the Press. He said it is common knowledge who had him killed. The nation, he said, will never forgive those involved in the slain journalist's killing.

The PTI supremo said a conspiracy had been hatched to have him killed after presenting him as having "blasphemed" at the hands of a "fanatic". He cited the assassination of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's 2011 killing on this account.

PTI secretary general Asad Umar said on Thursday that Khan believed Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Major General Faisal had orchestrated the Wazirabad attempt at his life on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of the PTI chairman, Umar said the three had to vacate office (in wake of the assassination bid). If Khan’s demand was not accepted, country-wide protests will grip the nation, Umar said. “Pakistan simply cannot continue to function like this,” Umar quoted the PTI supremo as having said. Khan’s message, he said, was intended for the entire nation.

PTI chairman Imran Khan was injured in a Wazirabad firing incident earlier the same day. Gunshots were reported in the vicinity of the PTI chairman’s container earlier. It later emerged that he had been injured. The PTI supremo sustained a bullet in the leg, according to initial reports. The PTI chairman was taken to a Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore. His condition is said to be stable.