LAHORE: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday claimed that the government devised a plan to conduct an operation inside Zaman Park “either today or tomorrow”.
“They have formed two squads that will mingle with PTI workers and fire at the policemen,” Khan — who was ousted by the no-confidence motion in April last year — told his party workers and supporters via video link from his Lahore home where he has been recuperating since he was injured in an assassination attempt in Wazirabad on November 3 2022.
“Their plan is to kill people as they did in Model Town,” he also said.
It should be noted that in 2014, a scuffle between supporters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the police force claimed the lives of at least 14 people and left more than 100 others injured during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ outside Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore’s Model Town.
“I want to tell the Punjab Police that five police personnel will be killed by them [the government],” he claimed, adding that his party was not looking for conflict. The cricketer-turned-politician urged the PTI supporters and workers to avoid getting involved in any conflict “despite their [security forces’] repeated attempts to provoke you all”.
“If they come [to Zaman Park] my supporters should refrain from showing immediate reactions… let them come to me directly,” he said, claiming that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government is planning to kill him like Murtaza Bhutto — who was killed by police in Karachi in September 1996 during the government of his sister Benazir Bhutto.
Khan lamented that a tragedy is taking place in the country. “Our police and Rangers are being pitted against their own citizens.” To serve their own interest these people treat citizens like animals, he further said. –Agencies