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Pakistan Army calls Imran Khan’s allegations “baseless and irresponsible”

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused three people including the country’s top officials of devising a plan to assassinate him.

Khan was shot and injured during his long march towards Islamabad on November 3 in what his supporters say was an “assassination attempt”.

On Friday night, Pakistan Army released a strongly worded statement calling the accusations against Naseer “baseless and irresponsible.”

“No one will be allowed to defame the institution or its soldiers with impunity,” the media wing of the army said, adding that it had requested the Pakistan government “to investigate the matter and initiate legal action against those responsible for defamation and false accusations against the institution and its officials without any evidence whatsoever,” Pakistani military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said.

PM urges chief justice to probe Khan’s allegations

On Saturday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has urged Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to form a full court commission to investigate PTI chief Imran Khan’s allegations of his involvement in the attack

“This is the need that this time there should be an immediate decision on the basis of justice. I request the chief justice to form a full court commission with all honorable and respectable judges for the greater interest of this country and to end this discord and chaos,” the prime minister said in a press conference in Lahore.

Khan vows to continue protest after he recovers

On Friday, in a speech from Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Imran Khan said that he would resume protest as soon as he recovers from bullet injuries.

“As soon as I am better, I will go out on the streets again. I will again give a call for Islamabad,” said Khan.

Khan’s supporters say they are ready to continue protests and the long march towards Islamabad to demand early elections.

Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets after Khan narrowly survived the assassination attempt on November 3.

Khan has been holding mass rallies and demonstrations since he was ousted from office in April.

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