PTI calls for judicial probe into attack on party spokesman

News Desk
Thursday, May 23, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Raoof Hasan said on Wednesday that “attackers wanted to slit my throat” as he raised objections to the First Information Report (FIR) lodged by police of the attack on him in Islamabad in which he sustained facial injury.

Addressing a news conference at party’s secretariat in Islamabad alongside PTI Secretary General Omar Ayub Khan and senior leader Azam Swati, he said his party’s opponents failed to eliminate the Imran-founded party despite using all tactics.

He broke down in tears while saying his party colleagues faced much worse scenarios compared to what he suffered. Hasan claimed the same people “threatened me three days ago and warned me that they are chasing me”. He added he rejected the FIR lodged by the police department after the attack.

He censured the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government yet again and alleged “a party has been given the rulership” which bowed down before power centres.The injured PTI spokesperson added the opponents failed to establish any strong narrative against the former ruling party. He vowed that PTI leaders would never bow down before anyone at any cost.

Pointing towards the incarcerated party founder Imran Khan, Hasan said the incumbent rulers would soon realise the necessity to hold talks with the individual who is kept at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

For his part, Omar condemned the attack on Hasan and called it an “assassination bid”. He said the party rejected the FIR which was “a police attempt to weaken the case”. He demanded the constitution of a judicial commission to probe the attack on the PTI spokesperson.

Responding to Hasan’s statement, Islamabad police rejected the injured politician’s objections to the FIR. The Islamabad police spokesperson said in a statement that the content of FIR was based on a written request submitted by the wounded politician which was received with his signature and thumb impression in the presence of his legal team.

The federal capital’s police asked Hasan to prove the contradictions in the FIR’s content and his written application as the “case was registered under sections in accordance with the charges”.

In another development, the federal government has formed a committee to investigate the attack on PTI’s Hasan after registration of an FIR with charges of attempted murder. Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar confirmed the development. Meanwhile, a police investigation team has also been appointed.

The law minister termed the attack on the senior politician “regrettable and sad”, stating that such attacks should not happen.A group of around four people, apparently transgender persons, attacked and injured the PTI spokesperson in Islamabad earlier this week, drawing strong condemnation from his party.

However, it remains unclear why the politician was attacked. In a video shared along with the statement by the PTI, Hasan could be heard asking people to call the doctor, with injuries and blood seen on his face as he walked into a building.