In a major development after the assassination attempt on Imran Khan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan Chief Justice directed the Inspector-General of Punjab Police to register an FIR of the assassination attempt on PTI Chairman Imran Khan within 24 hours.
The matter was raised at the hearing of a contempt plea filed by the Interior Ministry against Imran for allegedly flouting a 25th May order of the apex court that defined the limits for the party’s “Azadi March” gathering in Islamabad at the time.
During the hearing of the high-profile case, Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial observed: “It’s been more than 90 hours, but an FIR has not been registered”
Chief Justice then directed the IG Punjab to register an FIR within the next 24 hours or else “we will take suo moto”.
IG Punjab Faisal Shahkar apprised the apex court that the provincial government (PTI-supported) was not allowing him to register the FIR.
To which the chief Justice responded that under the criminal justice system, police can register the FIR itself.
After the development, senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry tweeted and said that it was the first step towards justice. He hoped that justice will prevail.
Remember that PTI Chairman Imran Khan survived an assassination attempt on Thursday last week when the long march had reached Wazirabad. An assailant opened fire on Imran Khan’s container when he was on top of the container flanked by senior party leaders.