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Imran Khan fears assassination bid, seeks security from Chief Justice

Pakistan's former PM Imran Khan has requested the court to provide him security cover as he fears another assassination plan against him (Pic. Courtesy ANI)

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Pakistan Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial requesting adequate security arrangements for his court appearances as there are “clear indications of another assassination attempt being plotted” against him,” according to a report in The Express Tribune.

“I wish to draw your attention to a very critical issue. Ever since the removal of my government through a regime change operation, I have been confronted with questionable FIRs, threats and finally an assassination attempt,” the former prime minister stated in the letter on Sunday.

Mr Khan said that till date, 74 cases have been registered against him, as per the news report. He said that he is the chairman of the largest political party in Pakistan. He stressed that the right to life is a fundamental right under the constitution and added that there is a “grave threat” to his life.

“There are clear indications of another assassination attempt being plotted on my life,” he said.

“To date, there are 74 cases against me and I am being made to appear in court for hearings time and often. I am chairman of the largest political party in the country and wherever I go massive crowds naturally follow. This further aggravates the prevailing security threat. Right to life is a fundamental right under the Constitution and there is a grave threat to my  life,” The Express Tribune quotes his letter as saying.

Imran Khan has complained of not being provided adequate security despite being the country’s former PM. He alleged that the current Prime Minister and Interior Minister were involved in the failed assassination attempt against him.

Imran Khan in his last appearance before Lahore High Court said that there was a “total failure” of official security, as per The Express Tribune report. He further stated that the same happened in Islamabad when he had to appear before different courts. He requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take action on the threat faced by him from those in power and to ensure adequate security if his appearance in court is necessary.