Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday night gave a highly insensitive statement while talking to a news channel on the assassination bid on former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

Speaking during Geo News‘ programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath”, Sanaullah, when asked about the attack on PTI Chairman Imran Khan, said that “he who digs a pit for others falls in himself”.

“Khan starts his march by hurling abuses at us. Do you expect us to sing praises for him?” he told the show host.

When asked if today’s incident would increase the risk of martial law in the country, Sanaullah said that since the [establishment] has already said that they would adopt a political approach for the sake of the country, why is Imran constantly instigating them?”

The statement is highly objectionable as Sanaullah had been using threatening language during his media talks. He had warned Imran of severe consequences and police action on reaching Islamabad. A day ago, he told a news channel that he would lodge Imran in Machh Jail of Balochistan and he had informed the provincial chief minister of his intention.

On the other hand, Imran, about two hours before he was attacked in Wazirabad, told his supporters not to indulge in violence during the ‘Azadi March’ of the PTI.

However, Sanaullah was kind enough to say that “today’s unfortunate firing incident requires a high-level investigation as it is a matter of grave concern.”

He also ordered the Punjab government to form a joint investigative team to probe the matter properly.

PEMRA BANS ASAD UMAR’S SPEECH: Meanwhile,the Pakistan Electronic and Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited news channels from airing PTI leader Asad Umar’s video wherein he has named “three suspects” former premier Imran Khan believed were behind the attack on PTI’s convoy in Wazirabad on Thursday.

In a notification, the media watchdog said: “Broadcasting of such content is likely to create hatred among the people or is prejudicial to maintenance of law and order or is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility or endangers national security is a serious violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as well as Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.”

It went on to say that investigation of the attack on the PTI chief was underway and “prior to the completion of investigation such kind of statement of a senior PTI leader circulated on social media may prejudice the investigation and inquiry at this stage”.

Subsequently, the statement added Pemra “hereby prohibits broadcast and re-broadcast of such statements being circulated on social media by PTI leaders which are unsubstantiated, vilifying, and cast aspersions against state institutions, with immediate effect.”


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