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Supreme Court orders IG Punjab to register FIR of attack on Imran Khan within 24 hours

Pakistan’s top court on Monday afternoon directed the Punjab police chief to register a first information report (FIR) of the attack on PTI chief Imran Khan within 24 hours.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial warned of suo motu notice if the FIR of the attack was not registered.

He also asked the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP), who joined the hearing from the SC’s Lahore registry via video link, why the FIR was not registered.

Punjab police chief Faisal Shahkar informed the court that the police had “spoken to the Punjab CM regarding the registration of the FIR and he has expressed some reservations”.

The head of the five-member Supreme Court bench said there should be a solid reason for not registering the case. He ordered the IG Punjab to act according to the law, saying the court supports the police.

“First step towards justice”

Khan’s party PTI has termed the Supreme Court’s directives regarding the registration of a first information report on the attack against Imran Khan as the “first step towards justice”.

In a speech from a Lahore hospital on Sunday, Khan had expressed disappointment over not being able to lodge the FIR of the assassination attempt.

“I’m the leader of the biggest political party and ex-prime minister and if I can’t get names in the FIR then what can the common man expect?” he complained.

After being wounded in the gun attack on November 3, Khan blamed the assault on three officials, including the prime minister and interior minister, and demanded their resignation for a fair investigation. However, the FIR could not be registered over reported reservations by the Punjab government officials, including the chief ministers, because Khan had nominated a senior military official in the FIR.

Long march to resume on November 8

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan also said that his party would resume the long march towards Islamabad from Wazirabad where he and his supporters also came under attack.

PTI workers and supporters are expected to reach Rawalpindi in 11-14 days. Imran Khan will lead the long march from Rawalpindi to Islamabad.

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