Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot at during the Long Search rally in Gujranwala, Pakistan on Thursday afternoon. Imran received three or four bullets in his right leg. According to the Pakistani news media Dawn, the police had already learned about the plan of this attack.

According to the report of Dawn, the attack on Imran Khan was predicted by the police in advance. The alert was issued by Gujranwala City Police on November 1. It was warned that Imran may be attacked while campaigning in Gujranwala. So security needs to be increased. It was also suggested that the car that Imran will campaign in will be fitted with bullet proof armor and bullet proof glass on the front. But still the danger could not be avoided.

Akhtar Abbas, a police officer in Pakistan’s Gujarat, told reporters that Imran’s party members had been advised by the police to use bulletproof armor since the long march from Lahore began. Even, a team comprising district police and counter-terrorism department officials was formed to investigate the government of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Soon after Thursday’s attack, Senator Ejaz Chowdhury said on Twitter that an attack would be attempted on the party chief in Wazirabad. He warned National Assembly member Hamid Chatta in this regard. On the other hand, Imran’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar pointed the finger at ruling Shahbaz Sharif’s party for the incident.

Meanwhile, protestors took to the streets across the country to protest the attack on Imran. PTI leaders and supporters started protesting on the streets. The protest rally started at Liberty Chowk led by Punjab Provincial Minister Mehmudur Rashid. Protesters also blocked roads by burning tires outside Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Shahdara Chowk, GPO Chowk, The Mall, Ferozepur Road and Governor House. Violent protests were also seen in Karachi.

(November 4)