An FIR against the attempted assassination of PTI chairman Imran Khan was registered on Monday on the orders of Supreme Court several days after the incident.
The apex court directed the Inspector General of Punjab police, Faisal Shahkar, to file the FIR according to the law. He was also ordered to submit a report within 24 hours.
Even though Imran accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and intelligence officer Major General Faisal Naseer of the alleged conspiracy to kill him, the FIR did not mention any of these names.
The senior government and military men were nominated in an application filed by a PTI leader, Zubair Khan Niazi, for the registration of the case.
According to events that transpired before the registration of the case, the applicant and the police staff locked horns over the generation of an e-tag for the application. A police official who shared the details with Dawn said the staff refused to issue the e-tag without receiving the copy of the application and the contents it was carrying.
The applicant was hesitating to drop it at the front desk of the police station saying that his political party leadership wanted to keep the contents of the application secret due to the sensitivity of the matter, the official added. The issue remained unresolved until the police registered the FIR on the complaint of a sub-inspector, he added.
The FIR came after IGP Faisal Shahkar in line with the directives of the apex court ordered the Gujrat district police officer (DPO) to lodge the case so a copy of the FIR could be submitted to the SC today. He also conveyed to the DPO the decision of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial who had ordered him to register the case within 24 hours. “The DPO had been conveyed to act as per law as per directions of the SC,” Mr Shahkar said.
On the other hand, the PTI leaders rejected the FIR and called it a “mockery of the law and the top court’s order.”
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the FIR is nothing more than a piece of paper if it doesn’t name the three accused nominated by Imran Khan. The PTI will only accept an FIR if the names of the three high officials are on it.
THE FIR: The Wazirabad City police station registered the FIR with Sub-Inspector Aamir Shahzad as the complainant.
The prime suspect, Naveed, who was captured from the crime scene, has been nominated in the case. The FIR was registered under sections 302, 324, 440 (murder, attempted murder) and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
The fire was opened from the left side of the container, states the text of the FIR. Naveed, son of Bashir, is now under the custody of the CTD Lahore.
According to the FIR, Imran Khan and other PTI leaders were headed to Wazirabad from Allahwala Chowk, when at 4pm, the accused, Naveed, opened fire from the left side of the container, killing Muazzam son of Nawaz of Bharoki Cheema, who was a participant of the rally.
The FIR says the gun attack left Imran Khan wounded. The FIR also mentions 11 other wounded individuals, including Muhammed Ahmed Chattha and Hamza Altaf.
One of the activists participating in the procession, Hasan Ibtisam, tried to capture the shooter and because of his intervention, the attacker could not fire any other shots, the text says.
The police said the FIR has been sealed and will be presented before the court today. The FIR will be made public after the apex court sees it.
Moonis hits back
The son of Punjab CM, Moonis Elahi, reacted strongly to the claims made by the Punjab IG and said the police chief was stopping from registering the case by “unknown persons” — a euphemism for establishment.
In another tweet, the PML-Q leader took a jibe at the IG and said, “Police were stopped from registering the FIR on the complaint of the police and as per wishes of the police.”
PM SHEHBAZ REQUEST: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had requested the Supreme Court a couple of days ago to form a full court commission to investigate the attempt on Imran Khan’s life.
“The chief justice should form a full court commissioner to end this chaos and evil. If my appeal is not listened to, questions will be raised in future,” the prime minister said addressing a press conference in Lahore.
“I will appear in the court whenever you will ask me to come,” PM Shehbaz said maintaining that he will write a letter to the chief justice to form a full court soon and accept its verdict.