‘I got four bullets’
The Punjab Police said that it has registered an FIR on the directions of the Supreme Court and the suspect, Naveed, has been named therein under sections 302, 324 and 440 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Police said Naveed Mohammad Bashir was taken into custody from the spot after he confessed to his crime. While confessing to the crime, Bashir had said in a video that he attacked Khan because “he was misleading the public”. Khan was shot at by two gunmen on November 3 during a protest march against the government of Shahbaz Sharif in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province. The bullet had hit his right leg.
Khan had said in an address to the nation on November 4 from a hospital in Lahore, ‘I got hit by four bullets’. He underwent surgery at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. It is a hospital owned by his charitable organization. Khan’s march to the capital, demanding fresh elections, was postponed after a shootout. Khan was ousted from power in April through a no-confidence motion. He said that he would not attend the march till he fully recovered. The federal government led by Shahbaz Sharif has rejected Khan’s demand for fresh elections. The elections are to be held after August next year. Pakistan is reeling from the economic crisis and the devastating effects of floods, and the political turmoil in the country has made the situation worse.