Shehbaz Sharif said the former prime minister was damaging the country with “false and cheap plots”.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has dismissed allegations that he was involved in the assassination attempt on opposition leader Imran Khan, as supporters of the former prime minister continue to protest, demanding an investigation into the shooting.
khan was bullet in the leg during a anti-government rally Thursday. The cricketer-turned-politician has accused Sharif, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah and a top Pakistani army general of attempting to assassinate him.
“I have no right to remain in office if there is the slightest evidence regarding my involvement in this case,” Sharif said on Saturday, adding that no evidence had been presented against the three people named by Khan. .
“I will quit politics forever if that happens,” he told reporters in the northeastern city of Lahore.
Sharif said the former prime minister was damaging the country with “cheap and fake plots”. He urged the Supreme Court to form a full committee to investigate the “serious” allegations.
“I request the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to form a full committee as there should be an immediate decision on this matter after thorough investigation,” he said.
On Friday, Pakistan’s mighty military, which has ruled the country for more than half of its 75 years of independence, responded by calling Khan’s statements “irresponsible and unacceptable”.
Khan maintains his impeachment by vote of no-confidence in April was part of a “foreign plot” hatched in the United States with the help of Pakistan’s opposition parties – a accusation repeatedly denied by the government, the mighty military, as well as Washington.
Khan has held dozens of rallies across the country since April to demand a snap election. He was leading a march to the capital, Islamabad, to press his claims when a gunman opened fire in the Wazirabad district of eastern Punjab.
In the past, he has also accused military officials of torture and harassment in detention against members of his party, including a senator and a senior official.
The Pakistani government issued an order on Saturday asking the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to reverse its decision to ban Khan’s live speeches on television channels.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government believed in freedom of speech and democratic standards, and would not prevent Khan’s speeches from reaching the public.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Khan’s supporters continued to demonstrate in all major cities of Pakistan, demanding justice and calling for the resignation of the three people accused of the assassination attempt.
His party members and supporters said they did not ask Khan to present evidence against his claims, as they believed he was telling the truth.
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