PM Nawaz narrowly escapes attack in Islamabad

Published: August 2, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif narrowly escaped an attack on his convoy Sunday night while en route to Islamabad. 

According to sources in the PM House, the prime minister, along with his family, was travelling to the capital when another car tried to overtake the convoy and hit his car.

The car was immediately forced to pull over and the driver was taken into custody, sources said, adding that the car had a fake number plate. Sources said the prime minister is safe.

The incident was also reported by Radio Pakistan.

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The suspect is being interrogated by security officials.

A government official told AFP the man claimed to be a retired air commodore from the Pakistan Air Force and was travelling with his own family in a white land cruiser.

“He is in custody of the Prime Minister’s security team and his vehicle has also been impounded,” he said.

The official said that the incident took place a few kilometres outside the capital Islamabad.

Following the death of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Malik Ishaq in a police encounter earlier this week, police officials and security experts fear the banned outfit and other terrorist groups affiliated with it may avenge the killing.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • ZAK
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:56PM

    The so called religious parties and banned outfit must be dealt sternly.
    These people have created bad name for Pakistan.

    These groups are working for foreign forces who want to destabilize country.

    These groups must be eradicated right from their root.

    They are using mosques and madressahs for hiding purpose.

    All mosques and madressahs should keep an eye on such elements.

    Nab and hand them over to law enforcement agencies.Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:17PM

    When u travel with a convey of some infinite cars and block roads this is what happens. Recommend

  • Asad
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:18PM

    It was the Nehari delivery guyRecommend

  • nadeem
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:25PM

    I believe it was Imran Khan Recommend

  • Abhigyan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:31PM

    You stay safe buddy.Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:38PM

    This is a matter of serious concern.. At the same time, Nawaz Sharif has done nothing to improve the condition of Pakistan.. No policies to alleviate poverty, improve education, bring equality in the society.. He need to work upon these issues else more heat will come up…Recommend

  • Observer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:39PM

    If you hit Malik Ishaq, Be carefulRecommend

  • MJ
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:40PM

    Were there any explosives in the car or not? If not, then it could be just a disgruntled motorist sick and tired of waiting for VIP processions blocking public use roadways. Recommend

  • Omer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:52PM

    @nadeem: Get serious it is someone life we are talking about.Recommend

  • Masood
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:55PM

    May Almighty keep our PM Safe & provide utmost Salamati on him along with his family. Dear readers keeping aside sentiments please prove yourselves as Pakistani & own your leadership as well. My all sympathies are with my PM.Recommend

  • Omer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:57PM

    I am a PTI supporter and do not approve of Nawaz Sharif’s polices. But he is the prime minster of Pakistan and his security should be made impenetrable.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:57PM


  • Imran
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:58PM

    Nothing serious, relax it was just a retired airforce officer with family unintentionally close to convoyRecommend

  • Abid
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:01PM

    Wow…what a look…what a face….Recommend

  • Xyz
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:02PM

    According to the interior minister…there was no attack….the number plates were also real…so what in the world was everyone getting so worked up about??? Never seen an overtaking car ?Recommend

  • Bashir
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:03PM

    Our media makes a mountain out of a mole. An ex Air Force officer traveling with his family unknowingly joined the PM caravan. What is so serious about it. Roads are kept blocked for our dear VVIPs. ET should not have highlighted such a small incident.Recommend

  • Sajid
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:05PM

    nadeem, what about Rana Sanaullah ?

    BTW, very stupid comment of yours.Recommend

  • k_roy
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:06PM

    he was just going to handshake with PM as he is rearly found in PKRecommend

  • ABKhan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:06PM

    Unfortunate nation has to see him for next few more yearsRecommend

  • Adil
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:16PM

    The PM has a convoy of 40+ cars and then the whole route is blocked for Ameer-ul-Momeneen sahib who thinks he is King of Pakistan. The poor man got frustrated and likely wanted to give him a message to “STAY HOME”.
    Why does media need to hype this as an attack when the headline should read “Motorist fed up with hours of road blockage gets frustrated and tried to cut in the convoy.” ?Recommend

  • J.A.G
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:20PM

    After all these kidnapping, torture extra judicial killings any terrible incident can happen.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 11:23PM

    He should be careful. Should not take chances with his security. Cowards abound!Recommend

  • JSM
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:23PM

    Could be RAW.Recommend

  • Xolphikar
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:32PM

    Real face of media, whose first information is so baseless and harmful that it qualify to be stated as curse of modren era. Now put up the corrigendum, as all cable channels are doing. Recommend

  • Khan Gul
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:41PM

    Even if the driver Is from an extremist group still figures points to Imran Khan because he is widely known as their strategic parter.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Thanks God our beloved leader is safe. Its a serious security lapse. Fortunately car was not loaded with explosives.Recommend

  • omar
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:05AM



  • AS
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:07AM

    I am quoting a comment from the facebook page of ET. I really agree and the way it has been written is what i like. So i want it to be here too.
    “Being a Pti supporter I pray for ur health stay safe.We have problems with ur policies but I can’t forget the day when Kaptaan was injured before elections after falling from the Lift and u Went and met him In the hospital and Prayed for him during ur Jalsa.So We will pray for u.Being A Pakistani” – Hamza Iqbal wrote this. Recommend

  • Bukhshu Meerasi
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:18AM

    Let us get over this partisan nonsense and look at issues from a national perspectives. It is indeed very sad what happened.Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:24AM

    too early to jump to conclusions. It might be an ordinary citizen fed up with VIP protocol movement. Most people get extremely frustrated when VIPs block the route and don’t even allow ambulances to pass.Recommend

  • Aug 3, 2015 - 12:25AM


  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:28AM

    Why his uptight face always gives an impression as if he is suffering from acute constipation?Recommend

  • Question
    Aug 3, 2015 - 1:44AM

    I believe it was CAOS.Recommend

  • cheebz
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:01AM

    I dont think Imran Khan is coward.. he doesnt hide behind security when he travels… Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:17AM

    Yeah. A man will attack the PM with his family Recommend

  • Babloo
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:29AM

    So why is this classified as an ‘attack’ ? The officer was travelling with his family.

    If this ( someone trying to overtake ) is an attack, then I am under attack all the time, everyday.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Aug 3, 2015 - 3:08AM

    No bomb blast !!! No gun firing !!!!! No suicide bomber !!!!!!!

    This news report itself says:
    “A government official told AFP the man claimed to be a retired air commodore from the Pakistan Air Force and was travelling with his own family in a white land cruiser.”

    It doesn’t look like an attack at all.

    Yet, this news report says:
    “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif narrowly escaped an attack on his convoy Sunday night while en route to Islamabad.”Recommend

  • NY
    Aug 3, 2015 - 3:08AM

    For God’s sake update your information. That was not an attack. A road user tried to overtake His Majesty’s convoy by mistake. That’s all. Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 3, 2015 - 4:01AM

    This appears to be some misunderstanding.Recommend

  • junglee
    Aug 3, 2015 - 4:18AM

    Could be….Sniffing coke indeed is a dicey habit.Recommend

  • Saira Khan
    Aug 3, 2015 - 4:47AM

    LOL. Made my day, now I can start my work week with full joy. Recommend

  • AJamal
    Aug 3, 2015 - 6:02AM

    Great sacrifice by the first family in the fight against terrorism. Even greater than the killing of BB.Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Aug 3, 2015 - 8:20AM

    R u sure it was Nawaz Sharif in that convey ? Many dummies on the ground (pun intended) with the real McCoy on a chopper.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 3, 2015 - 9:00AM

    On a related note, people must take notice that ET reported this hours after Indian media reported this.

    Looks like the outsiders like Hindustan Times, NYT, Time, Washington Post, NDTV know more about Pakistanis than Pakistanis themselves.Recommend

    Aug 3, 2015 - 9:08AM

    Ch.Nisar will blame Mqm and AH…very soon he will write letter to British govt. Recommend

  • BA
    Aug 3, 2015 - 10:26AM

    So sad, God save Pakistan from such kind of corrupt politician. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:49PM

    bad news…they’ll get him next time hopefully!Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:59PM

    the poor man was travelling in a prado and is a retired air commodore. Thanks God he didnt entered into convoy of COAS, or Corp Commander or station commander or air chief or naval chief. he would have been history in a minuteRecommend

  • Aug 3, 2015 - 3:21PM

    This has proved a baseless story and govt has denied itRecommend

  • Zulfi Kidwai
    Aug 3, 2015 - 4:31PM

    Endless Vvip convoys security bubbles
    A world of difference between the rulers & the ruled

    Badshah salamat makes his own rules

    Pity the nation with oblivious rulers like these.

    May Almighty have mercy on this nation Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Government will turn this into an attack on PM and will link with terrorists, but most likely this was an incidence where a retired military officer, not used to waiting in blocked traffic due to a convey of a king, got angry and tried to drove past the convey. He was traveling with his family and most likely without any weapon or explosive, unless efficient police add something to his vehicle. Such people should be applauded for standing up against the VIP culture, instead of punishing them.Recommend

  • Bukhari
    Aug 4, 2015 - 1:11AM

    PM is trying to get some media attention. ShameRecommend

  • Abu Areesha
    Aug 4, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Neither the Air Cdor was in custody, nor his vehicle was being impounded. It was just a misunderstanding, they stopped him at the site, and on revealing identity the so called “Prime Minister’s security” begged his pardon and let him go.
    And there was never a chance of an accident, in fact there was no such intention involved.
    Poor liars who reported it to the AFP.Recommend

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