Police Finally Register FIR Over Attack On Former Prime Minister Imran Khan
November 8, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
The Punjab police finally filed a case under terrorism charges, with detained suspect Naveed being named as the primary accused, after the Supreme Court threatened to launch suo motu proceedings if the provincial police failed to file a FIR regarding the attempted assassination of former prime minister Imran Khan.
After a delay of three days, the FIR filed in response to Sub-Inspector Amir Shahzad’s complaint at 11:10 p.m. on Monday under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Sections 302, 324, and 440 of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered.
- Despite PTI’s request, senior government and military figures were not named in the case
- For the delay in filing a FIR, the IG blames CM Elahi, while Moonis accuses “unknown individuals” and the police.
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Even though the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) claimed that a plot to kill him involved the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a top intelligence official named Major General Faisal Naseer, the names of any of these individuals were not mentioned in the FIR.
The prominent military and government officials were named in an application for the registration of the lawsuit that PTI leader Zubair Khan Niazi submitted.
The applicant and the police personnel reportedly fought over creating an e-tag for the application during the events that took place prior to the registration of the case. Dawn was informed of the situation by a police officer, who added that the staff declined to give the e-tag until they had a copy of the application and all it included.
The official stated that the applicant was reluctant to leave it at the police station’s front desk because his political party’s leadership wished to keep the information in the application confidential owing to the sensitivity of the situation. Until the police filed the FIR in response to a sub-complaint, inspector’s the problem remained unaddressed, he noted.
The Gujrat district police officer (DPO) filed the case after IGP Faisal Shahkar instructed him to do so in accordance with the Supreme Court’s instructions so that a copy of the FIR may be provided to the SC today. Additionally, he informed the DPO about Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial’s directive to register the case within 24 hours.
The Supreme Court took issue with the FIR’s tardy registration earlier in the day and ordered the IGP to file the case within 24 hours if he didn’t want to be subject to suo motu proceedings.
These comments were made by the supreme court during a contempt case brought against the PTI chairman due to the violence on May 25 and the purported PTI violation of an undertaking provided to the court.
Nevertheless, the court issued orders following the hearings about a number of matters, including the attempted murder of Imran Khan, allegations of political meddling in the Punjab police, the Azam Swati case, and the murder investigation involving Arshad Sharif.
In response to the CJ’s comment on the delay in filing the FIR, Mr. Raja stated that he had been informed that the pertinent police station was apprehensive. According to CJP, “No FIR equals no inquiry,” and because of the delay, even the evidence could be changed.
Punjab IG Shahkar, who joined the discussion via video connection from Lahore, explained the delay and stated that, according to the pertinent district police officer (DPO), the police had not yet received a formal complaint. The Chief Minister Parvez Elahi, with whom the IG claimed to have also spoken, had “some misgivings about the content of the FIR,” according to the IG.
The provincial administration has opinions on the topic, but such opinions cannot supersede those of the police, according to the CJP, who also said that regardless of the outcome, the inquiry must continue. The court would back the police in all proper steps, CJ Bandial added, adding that “we will take interest and ensure that this is done.”
The CJP noted that although the government operates independently, no one would be permitted to meddle with police operations either. He warned the IG that “if someone interferes in his job, the court would meddle in their work.” While delaying further proceedings for a week, Justice Bandial instructed the police head to also review the medical findings.
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