The suspect, who was arrested by the Punjab Police soon after he shot former prime Minister Imran Khan in Gujranwala, has confessed that he shot the PTI chief as he was "misleading" the nation.
"I could see him misleading the nation. I only wanted to target Imran Khan and no one else," he said in a video statement in police custody.
The suspect also revealed that he had intended to do so ever since the deposed premier left Lahore and started his long march. "No one is behind me and I did this [the attack] on my own," he added.
🚨I wanted to kill Imran Khan only, attacker told Media. pic.twitter.com/1EaE1o7q6h— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 3, 2022
The PTI chief was injured after being shot in the leg by the assailant. Former ruling party leaders have revealed that his condition is stable and he has been escorted to Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore. Senator Faisal Javed also sustained injuries from the attack.
Footage of the firing. pic.twitter.com/iXgXwDP9EX— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 3, 2022
The incident occurred on Day 7 of the party's long march to the federal capital. According to media reports, the gunman has been arrested and Imran was out of danger.
Arrest him and keep him in the custody of KP police for the investigation. pic.twitter.com/n3ghQFdw6I— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 3, 2022
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The PTI chief has been hospitalised after he reportedly received multiple gunshot wounds in the leg. Chaotic scenes were seen as security personnel rushed to secure the premises after the incident occurred.
Many including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the incident. He said that the federal government will extend all support necessary to the Punjab government for security and investigation.
"Violence should have no place in our country's politics," Shehbaz further said.
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