Imran’s attacker is a drug addict, inquest reveals
Lahore: The police investigation into the attack on former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during his long walk has revealed that the suspect Naveed is a drug addict and that his statements regarding the incident are “dubious”.
According to Express News, during questioning, the accused admitted to opening fire on Khan’s container in Wazirabad on Thursday.
The suspect told police that he purchased 26 bullets and a pistol through a man named Waqas from Wazirabad.
Police sources said polygraph testing of the defendant could also be done to extract more information, The Express Tribune reported.
Family members of the accused were also detained as the bullets were recovered from the crime scene and will be sent for forensic examination, sources added.
During questioning with the main investigative agencies, including the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), the accused revealed that he first attempted to attack the head of the PTI from the roof of the mosque, but was not allowed to go there due to Asar’s prayer, The Express Tribune reported.
The accused arrived at the crime scene via the bypass road where he asked those participating in the march to turn off the loudspeaker playing the party anthem, the sources said.
According to the police investigation, the accused opened a burst at a distance of fifteen to twenty paces from the container.
The bullets from the pistol were homemade and the weapon jammed after firing eight bullets.
Meanwhile, police have arrested two other suspects in connection with the investigation into the attack on the PTI Long March.
The suspects were arrested on the identification of the main defendant Naveed.
The suspects have been identified as Waqas and Faisal Butt, Express Tribune reported.
He initially remained in the custody of the district police. On Friday, he was transferred to the center of the counter-terrorism department in Chung for further investigation.
Investigators also questioned the accused to find out if there was a sponsor of the attack.
The suspect, however, did not point the finger at anyone during the first investigations. He remained convinced that he acted alone and said that some of Imran Khan’s speeches hurt his religious feeling. Her cellphone allegedly had these clips, The Express Tribune reported.
He also told investigators that he used to hear speeches from a few religious scholars. Clips of Israr Ahmad, the late Maulana Khadim Rizvi and his son Hafiz Saad Rizvi were also recovered from his cell phone.
Naveed told investigators he was frustrated because the PTI leader allegedly misled the nation and also uttered “blasphemous and anti-religious remarks.”
He said that as he opened fire, container guards fired at him and a bullet fired by guards hit Moazam, a PTI supporter, killing him instantly.
So far, investigations have been unable to uncover any evidence that could lead them to the involvement of another shooter contrary to the claims of the PTI leadership.
An FIR of the incident has not yet been recorded.