PTI leaders seek security amid TTP threats

LAHORE:The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has issued threats to leaders of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) including Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chauhdry Sarwar.

The PTI has written letters to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Home Ministry and security agencies for security. Apart from Qureshi and Sarwar, threats have been received by Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, NA-122 candidate Aleem Khan, Mian Aslam Iqbal and Tamiur Khan.

PTI Organiser Chaudhry Sarwar said threats received were a serious matter and it was the government’s responsibility to provide them security during the by-elections.

According to the copy of letter written by PTI leaders to the CM Punjab that party brought in to the notice of government of Punjab and the concerned authorities that on Saturday (September 5) a targeted attack was attempted on Mian Aslam Iqbal, (MPA-PP 148) of PTI. The attempt was made through firing on his office in Samanabad, Lahore.

The incident was reported immediately to the local concerned Police Station but before they could make any progress the same office of Mian Aslam Iqbal was targeted again on September 6. Luckily, he was busy in public rally for the contesting candidate of NA-122, Abdul Aleem Khan, on that same day and had not returned to the office, therefore, escaped the attack.

This time the attacks were claimed by none other than the spokesperson of TTP, Muhammad Khurasani, through a media statement, threatening further to target the leadership of PTI-Punjab, including Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chaudhry Sarwar, Organiser Punjab; Abdul Aleem Khan, the contesting candidate for NA-122; Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed and Mian Alsma Iqbal, MPA.

In the letter PTI appealed to the CM Punjab to provide safe and congenial atmosphere to PTI-Punjab to continue and fully take part in their by-election campaign for NA-122, without any life threats what so ever.

The threats came from TTP has come at a time when PTI is preparing to contest NA-122 by-elections and has launched a full-fledged campaign in the constituency. PTI has alleged that Punjab Police has not taken any action till date and is not taking the matter seriously.

In this situation, the lives of the said leaders of PTI are under extreme threats, and being custodian of the province as CM, ‘you are responsible for the safety of life and property of the citizens, therefore, we expect that your office shall take an immediate action to provide police protection to the said leaders of the party and also direct the concerned police to find the culprits and arrest them as soon as possible.’

Source: Business Recorder