Islamabad (Agencies): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday strongly condemned the firing on former premier and Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Gujranwala and assured support to Punjab government on investigation and security.
"I condemn the incident of firing on PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the strongest words,” he said in a series of tweets.
He prayed for the recovery and health of PTI chairman and other injured people.
PM Shehbaz directed Interior Minister for an immediate report into the incident and assured the support of the Punjab government for security and investigation.
“Federal government will extend all support necessary to Punjab government for security and investigation,” he said.
PM Shehbaz stressed that “violence should have no place in our country’s politics”.
Federal government will extend all support necessary to Punjab govt for security & investigation. Violence should have no place in our country's politics. 2/2 https://t.co/LWMUW03kQb— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 3, 2022
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has taken notice of the attack on PTI Chairperson Imran Khan's container and instructed the province's top cop to submit a report after investigation.
The Punjab CM said that those "behind the incident will be brought to justice".
He also instructed local authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the injured.
پی ٹی آئی کے چئیرمین عمران خان کے کنٹینر کے قریب فائرنگ کے واقعہ کا سخت نوٹس لیا گیا ہے۔ انسپکٹر جنرل پولیس سے رپورٹ طلب کر لی گئی ہے۔ فائرنگ میں ملوث ملزمان کو جلد قانون کی گرفت میں لایا جائے گا۔زخمی افراد کو علاج معالجے کی بہترین سہولتیں فراہم کی جائیں۔— Ch Parvez Elahi (@ChParvezElahi) November 3, 2022
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz condemned the firing on PTI chairman Imran Khan.
She also prayed for the speedy recovery of the former premier and others injured.
PTI chief Imran Khan and other leaders of the party, including Senator Faisal Javed Khan, were injured in firing when unidentified assailant opened fire on PTI chief’s container during long march near the Allah Ho Chowk in Wazirabad.
According to reports, firing was made near the container when PTI leaders, including Imran Khan, were present on its roof.
As per the rescue sources, at least eight people sustained injuries.
Following the incident, the PTI chairman was shifted to Shaukat Khannum Hospital for treatment.