Amid rumors of a plot to assassinate former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Islamabad police said on Saturday night that security forces in neighboring areas of Bani Gala in the city have been raised to a high standard.
Section 144 has already been imposed in Islamabad and gatherings are banned, Islamabad police spokesman said on Saturday.
“In view of the expected arrival of Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Bani Gala, a residential area in Islamabad, security in the area has been increased and a high warning has been issued. Islamabad police have not received confirmed news of return from Imran Khan’s team,” Islamabad police tweeted.
“The security division has deployed special security in Bani Gala. A list of people in Bani Gala has not yet been provided to the police. Section 144 is imposed in Islamabad and any municipality is not allowed under the orders of the district magistrate,” it said. .
“Islamabad police will provide full security to Imran Khan under the law and mutual cooperation is also expected from Imran Khan’s security teams,” the police added.
Hassaan Niazi, nephew of Imran Khan, said that if something happens to the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the act will be treated as an attack on Pakistan.
“Anything that happens to our leader Imran Khan will be treated as an attack on Pakistan. The response will be aggressive – the Handlers will regret it too,” said Hassaan Niazi, nephew of Imran Khan.
Fawad Chaudhry previously said PTI chairman Imran Khan is coming to Islamabad on Sunday.
In April, Fawad Chaudhary had said the country’s securities agencies had reported a “plot” for the assassination of Pakistani ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“Following these reports, the security of the ex-Prime Minister has been increased in accordance with the government’s decision,” said the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda also claimed that a conspiracy had been developed to assassinate the former prime minister over his refusal to “sell the land”.
While responding to the plot to kill Imran Khan was mentioned in the letter, Vawda said there was a threat to the life of the former Pakistani prime minister but remained evasive.
He went on to say that Khan was advised to use bulletproof glasses during his meeting on the Islamabad Parade grounds. “But as always and as usual he said my… [death] will come when Allah wills. Don’t worry,” Vawda told Dawn.
This news comes a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said a foreign country had sent a message that he should be “removed” or Pakistan will face consequences.
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