On Saturday, Imran Khan, the former prime minister and current leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), made allegations that Asif Ali Zardari had planned to assassinate him. The chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, firmly refuted these claims.
Today, Bilawal stated via a series of tweets, “We [PPP] are exploring legal response to Imran’s latest defamatory & dangerous accusations. In the past, he threatened my father that he was ‘in the crosshairs of his gun’.”
However, Imran was the one who falsely accused the late President Zardari, his father.
”We take them seriously given our history”, Asif Zardari stated in response to Imran Khan’s assertion that he had paid some terrorist group to take Asif Zardari out.
“His latest accusation that my family has any association with a terrorist organization or that we would employ them to cause him harm defies logic and exposes us all to an increased threat,” he added.
He also emphasised the fact that a terrorist group specifically mentioned him and his party in a recent threat letter.
While in office, Imran allegedly “released terrorists and arrested Democrats,” turned over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to terrorist groups, and continues to “support terrorist groups,” according to Bilawal.
He said that all of Imran and his colleagues’ “history as both loyalists and enablers of terrorists” would be taken into consideration if an attempt were to be made against him, Zardari, or his party. He noted that this history was well-documented.
Imran was criticised for his accusations earlier today by senior PPP figures Nayyar Bukhari, Farhatullah Babar, and Qamar Zaman Kaira, who said he had “lost his mind” and threatened to send a legal notice for him to withdraw his claims.
The PPP’s position, according to Bukhari, is that Imran’s accusation is “baseless and a lie.” Imran Khan has “politically dead,” he said, “and he suffers from panic and depression.”