The former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday announced that he would lead a public rally by tomorrow in order to connect with the killing of a Party worker and to kick start the campaign for the General Elections.
While addressing the party workers and supporters via video link, the former premier strongly blamed the caretaker Punjab government and police for ‘killing’ the PTI worker Ali Bilal aka Zille Shah and terming the incident a ‘road accident’.
“I will lead the election rally tomorrow at 02:00 pm to show them [the government] that we are not domesticated animals,” Imran Khan said, directing the party workers and supporters to prepare for the ‘election campaign’.
The PTI chief warned that Pdm government will do anything to ‘run away’ from the elections, claiming that another assassination attempt will be made on him or an explosion.
“They [the Pdm rulers] want to kill me as they are afraid of the sea of people,” he said, vowing to fight ‘till the last drop of blood’.
Remember that as Imran Khan announces to lead an election campaign from Lahore this would be the first rally that he personally lead after getting injured in an assassination attempt.
PTI Worker Death
While Referring to PTI worker Ali Bilal’s death, Imran Khan accused the Punjab caretaker government and Punjab Police of covering up Zille Shah’s death and urged the Lahore High Court (LHC) to constitute a judicial commission to probe the matter.
He strongly criticized the law enforced for ‘torturing Zille Shah in custody, saying that he could not believe ‘what they [police] did to a special person’.
The former prime minister said that in the postmortem report, there were at least 64 marks on Bilal’s body found, which was an indication that torture was inflicted on him. Ali Bilal was subjected to torture and died from excessive bleeding caused by a severe blow to his head. The report revealed that 26 different marks of torture were found on the victim’s body, including on sensitive parts, while a part of his skull was badly affected
Earlier Punjab’s Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi denied all allegations of PTI claiming that the PTI worker Ali Bilal died in a car accident, not in Police custody.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker Ali Bilal lost his life when police and the PTI supporters clashed violently on Wednesday ahead of the Lahore rally. The PTI leadership claims that Ali Bilal was in police custody when he was killed. The post-mortem report of PTI activist Ali Bilal, whom the party claims were murdered at the hands of the police, revealed that the worker was subjected to severe torture and died from excessive bleeding.
According to a post-mortem report, Ali Bilal was subjected to torture and died from excessive bleeding caused by a severe blow to his head. The report revealed that 26 different marks of torture were found on the victim’s body, including on sensitive parts, while a part of his skull was badly affected. After the death of a PTI worker Punjab Police High Officials took the notice of the incident and made a committee to probe into a PTI activist’s death in alleged police torture during clashes outside Zaman Park.
On Wednesday, Punjab Home Department imposed Section 144 in Lahore citing serious security threats for seven days. The clashes occurred as police attempted to disrupt the gathering of the PTI workers outside the PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s residence.
Some images of the body of the PTI worker in Lahore began circulating on social media. Later, more details of Bilal’s death began to surface, including CCTV footage of a private 4X4 vehicle, which can be seen dropping Bilal at a hospital where he was declared dead.
Punjab IGP Usman Anawar while Addressing a press conference along with Caretaker Punjab CM said that Ali Bilal was hit by a vehicle which led to his death. He said that four people who brought Ali to the hospital in a 4×4 vehicle have been arrested and will be presented before a court.
Caretaker CM Punjab lauded the police for their efforts in tracing the suspects. He denied the involvement of his administration in the incident.
“I will not surrender. I will prefer going home but will not give in,” the CM told journalists and advised PTI to refrain from leveling baseless allegations on the Punjab govt.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab IGP Anwar said that the vehicle, in which the worker was brought to the hospital, belongs to PTI’s central Punjab wing leader Raja Shakeel.
He added that Shakeel informed PTI Punjab leader Yasmeen Rashid that a person has been hit by a vehicle
At this, Yasmin Rashid asked Shakeel — a member of PTI’s central Punjab wing — to come with her to Zaman Park and he went with the former health minister leaving the driver in the car, he added.
He said that Yasmin then went to Zaman Park and told Shakeel not to worry. IGP further said that the vehicle of Raja Shakeel contains blood stains of Zille Shah.
The IGP said that action would be taken if police negligence was proved.
The election commission announced 30th April as the date of the election of the Punjab provincial Assembly. The move comes out after the Supreme Court in its Suo Muto verdict ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within 90 days.
According to the election schedule, candidates could submit their nomination papers from the 12th to the 14th of March, while scrutiny of the papers will be held on 22 March.
The candidates could withdraw their nomination papers up to the 5th of April and election symbols to candidates will be allotted on the 6th of April, the ECP announced.