Pakistani premier Sharif denies he was part of plot to kill predecessor Imran Khan

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Shehbaz Sharif

LAHORE, Pakistan :Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday rejected allegations that he was involved in the assassination attempt on opposition leader Imran Khan.

Khan, a former international cricket star turned politician, after narrowly surviving a gun attack during an anti-government rally last week, blamed Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a top general of the Pakistan army for a plot to kill him.

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Speaking to reporters in Pakistan’s northeastern city of Lahore, Sharif said there was no evidence presented against the three people named by Khan.

He urged the Supreme Court to form a full court commission to investigate the “grave” allegations.

“I request the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to form a full court commission as there should be an immediate decision on this issue after a thorough investigation,” he said.

Khan was prime minister until April when he was ousted in a vote of no confidence, which he says was orchestrated by the US administration — a charge repeatedly denied by the government and the powerful military.

He has since accused military officials of custodial torture and harassment of his party workers, which include a senator and a top aide. — IANS

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