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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Multiple gunmen involved in assassination attempt on Imran Khan?

According to several eyewitnesses and experts, more than one shooter was involved in the assassination attempt on Imran Khan. Here’s what we know so far.

On Thursday, Chairman PTI Imran Khan and at least 14 other people sustained injuries as a result of a failed assassination attempt on Imran Khan. The apparent shooter was tackled by the participants of the march and was immediately arrested by the police.

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However, open source intelligence and statements of eyewitnesses suggest that multiple shots were fired towards the Azadi container from multiple directions. Hence the theory that the gunman whose confessional statements is being circulated on media was just a distraction is not unfounded.

Multiple eyewitnesses of the incident said that shots were fired from the second story of a nearby building. DJ Hamza, the DJ hired by PTI for Azadi March, while speaking to media, said that he saw another shooter who opened burst from a nearby roof.

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Similarly, the fact that 15 people were injured in the incident adds credence to the multiple shooters theory. A single gunman with a pistol couldn’t have incurred so much fatalities. Moreover, in the videos available the gunman could be seen to have been tackled by another man immediately after he takes out his pistol.

Coloner Sheraz, a retired professional sharp shooter of Pakistan Army, is also of the opinion that the incident involved multiple shooters, as a pistol could not have caused as much damage.

In the videos of incident circulating on social media, a burst of bullets can be heard, there exist confusion if a pistol can fire that sort of a burst.

In another video, policemen can be seen aiming their weapons at the roof of a nearby building immediately after the shooting.

Chief Minister of Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has ordered formation of a high-powered Joint Investigation Team for a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident. Furthermore, the police staff behind the release of the confessional statement has been suspended for working unprofessional.

Meanwhile, PTI has announced country-wide protest unless the suspected culprits behind the incident stepdown from their positions.

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