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Terrorists Planning To Assassinate Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan: Reports

The counter-terrorism department said the terrorists have sought help from an assassin in Afghanistan to target Khan

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Mumbai: Terrorists are planning to assassinate Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan and they have sought assistance from an assassin in Afghanistan, according to reports quoting Counter-Terrorism Department’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wing.

The counter-terrorism department said the terrorists have sought help from an assassin in Afghanistan to target Khan.

According to the news agency report, in view of the threat alert, the counter-terrorism department has directed all the agencies concerned to take all possible measures for the security of the former prime minister. According to the newspaper, the text of the danger warning has been shared on various forums.

An Urdu language newspaper quoted a senior police officer as saying that the Anti-Terrorism Department had earlier issued an alert on June 18.

However, the official said there were orders to keep the threat a secret and prevent it from being leaked on social media.

Expressing concern over the threat to the life of the former prime minister, PTI leaders have claimed that a targeted killer has been hired to kill him.

PTI leader Fayaz Chauhan had said earlier on Saturday that “some people” have assigned a terrorist the task of killing his party chief.

“I know that some people have ordered terrorist named ‘Kochi’ to kill PTI President Imran Khan in Afghanistan.

The PTI chief, who was removed from power through a no-confidence motion in early April this year, claims the no-confidence motion against him was the result of a “foreign conspiracy” because his independent foreign policy and funds were being channelled from abroad to oust him from power.

Khan has described America as the country behind the conspiracy. Washington has vehemently denied the allegation.

He recorded a video of the characters behind the “conspiracy” against his government after the former prime minister claimed last month that his life was in danger and that he would be released if anything happened.

In view of the same, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had last month directed the Interior Ministry to provide foolproof security to Khan at his residence in Islamabad and during political rallies.

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