Police summon Rashid over assassination allegations against Zardari

Islamabad police was requested to take action against AML chief for 'putting PPP leader’s life in danger'

News Desk January 30, 2023
Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid addresses media, on May 1, 2022. SCREENGRAB

The Islamabad police on Monday summoned former interior minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on the complaint of a citizen over his assassination plot allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari.

An application was submitted to the Abpara Police Station of the federal capital to register a case against Rashid for claiming that PPP leader Zardari was hatching a plot to assassinate PTI chief Imran Khan, reported Express News.

The AML chief had also accused the former president of paying money to a terrorist outfit to carry out the assassination plot.

The citizen in his application maintained that Rashid’s allegations during an interview with a local TV channel put the former president and his family’s life in constant danger.

The citizen further demanded of the police to take legal action against Rashid and others for making similar accusations.

Following Rashid’s allegations, former PM and PTI chief Imran Khan also claimed that a new plan was hatched for his assassination, and accused the former president of being a key conspirator.

Also read: Zardari serves legal notice to Imran over assassination allegations

Holding a news conference from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore via a video link, the deposed prime minister termed the alleged conspiracy ‘Plan-C’ for which he accused Zardari of paying money to a terrorist outfit to carry out the assassination attempt on his life.

Earlier today, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chair Zardari served a legal notice to Imran regarding allegations that he was conspiring to assassinate the former premier.

The notice served by Zardari today stated that Imran, through a video link address broadcasted on all news channels and reported internationally, made “false, fabricated and scandalous remarks”. It furthered that Imran levelled “baseless allegations of serious nature” against the PPP leader.

"Through your baseless accusations of malicious and defamatory nature you have tried to defame our client nationally as well as internationally,” the notice stated.

It maintained that the allegations “blindly disregarded” that Zardari and the PPP were “the victim of terrorism” as former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was “also assassinated by terrorists”.


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