Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI and former prime minister, has alleged that journalist Arshad Sharif was killed in a “targeted attack.”
“No matter what anyone says, I know that Arshad Sharif became a victim of target killing,” Khan claimed, while addressing a lawyer’s convention in Peshawar.
On October 23, Sharif was travelling from Kenya’s Magadi town to Nairobi when he was fatally shot by the Kenyan Police in a “mistaken identity” case.
“I had knowledge that Sharif would be slain so that truth could be silenced,” Khan claimed in response to the journalist’s death.
Additionally, the former leader asserted that Sharif was receiving threats from unidentified callers.
Khan said, adding that he thought Sharif was the most admired journalist, “I told him to leave the nation, but he did not listen.”
The PTI leader also discussed the alleged torture that Senator Azam Khan Swati, a member of his party, allegedly experienced after being detained by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) in connection with “controversial” tweets.
“They stripped and assaulted 75-year-old Senator Azam Swati. Pakistan was mocked around the world,” the former premier said while sharing his resolve to “fight the oppressors for as long as he is alive.”
Khan reiterated his position on “neutrals,” claiming that nobody has been given the right by Allah to maintain neutrality.
“You either side with the dacoits or stay on the right path,” the PTI chairman said.
The former prime minister asked the lawyers in attendance to support his party. He added that he had never witnessed the rule of law establish itself in Pakistan and that the legal community was most needed.
“The law is equal for everyone in a society that values compassion. In Riyasat-e-Madina, justice was established first, then prosperity followed.” Khan emphasised that if a nation doesn’t fight for justice, it will be destroyed.