Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday accused ex-president Asif Ali Zardari of paying terrorists to assassinate him, reported PTI.

He accused Zardari of hatching a fresh plan with the country’s intelligence agencies to assassinate him after the previous two attempts failed.

Imram Khan made serious allegations against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-Chairman during a virtual press conference from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore. He added that there were three more names along with Zardari who are part of this new plot.

Khan said, “I am telling you this because if something happens to me the nation should know the people who were behind this so that the nation never forgives them.”

The chairman of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party claimed that Zardari has an ample amount of corruption money which he is using to fund terrorist outfits.

“Now they have made a Plan C, and Asif Zardari is behind this. He has an ample amount of corruption money, which he loots from the Sindh government and spends on winning elections. He has given money to a terrorist outfit and people from powerful agencies are facilitating him. This has been decided on three fronts and they will act soon,” Khan claimed.

Khan’s claim follows government’s withdrawal of his additional security from his Lahore residence.

Around 275 policemen deployed at Khan’s residence have been withdrawn, said PTI quoting government sources.

“Earlier, in a public rally, I had told my supporters that there were four people who had planned to kill me […] but they backed off when I made these revelations,” Khan said.

Then a “plan B” was made to “eliminate” me in the name of religion, Khan continued, referring to the attack on his life in Wazirabad. “But I got to know about that too and I revealed their plan in two public rallies.”

Khan suffered bullet injuries in the right leg on November 3 when gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others standing on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area (some 150 kilometres from Lahore), where he was leading the long march to press for snap polls.

Khan, 70, had earlier blamed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer of ISI for that plot.


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