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Attempts being made to kill Imran by 'slow poison': Rashid

The Express Tribune logo The Express Tribune 06/01/2023 Express Tribune

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has alleged that the PML-N-led coalition government was trying to kill PTI chief Imran Khan by giving him 'slow poison'.

'They hatched a plot to kill Imran Khan… first they [government] said Imran Khan was not hit by bullets then did your father's firecrackers hit him?,' he said while lashing out at the PDM leaders.

Rashid made these remarks on Friday while addressing an 'anti-inflation protest rally' outside his Lal Haveli residence in Rawalpindi.

'Now they are conspiring to eliminate Imran Khan through slow poising as they don't want to contest elections against him,' he added.

A day earlier, PTI chief Imran alleged that the gun attack in Wazirabad on November 3 was actually a plot to assassinate him like the killing of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer in Islamabad 11 years ago.

Imran was injured when shots were fired at the container on which he was standing, while leading his anti-government long march towards Islamabad, in Wazirabad town of the Gujrat district on November 3. Imran had received bullet wounds to his leg.

Also read: Imran alleges 'Taseer-style assassination' plot

Imran alleged that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led federal government hatched the assassination plot in connivance with the establishment. He accused PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sannaullah of being behind the conspiracy.

Lashing out at the ruling alliance, Rashid in today's rally said Imran Khan singlehandedly 'buried' the politics of 13 political parties that are part of the ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

He said the PTI chief had told him in yesterday's meeting that that his party would not remain part of this 'corrupt system'.

'If the dissolution of the assemblies lingers on then I will direct my members to leave the assemblies,' Rashid quoted Imran as saying during the meeting.

The former interior minister said Sharif and Zardari families have failed to resolve the issues of the masses 'as they only know the art of cheating'.

He also expressed hope that new elections will be held soon 'to rid the country of the corrupt gang'.

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