LAHORE: PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday doubled down on his allegations against a serving senior military officer, who he has accused on several occasions of hatching a plot to assassinate him, Dawn.com reported.

The PTI chairman made the remarks ahead of departing for Islamabad to appear before the Islamabad High Court, from where he was later arrested.

His biting rejoinder comes a day after an ISPR statement a day ago conde­mning “irresponsible and baseless allegations” by Mr Khan. In a video message shared on Tuesday, Mr Khan replied to the ISPR and “attempts by PDM and their handlers” regarding his arrest.

“Before I leave, I want to say two things. Firstly, the ISPR has issued a statement that the institution has been disrespected — the army has been disrespected [by] naming an intelligence officer that has tried to kill me twice.

“ISPR sahib, listen to me carefully. Respect is not [confined] to a single institution; respect should be for every single citizen,” he said.

He highlighted that he was the chief of the country’s “largest” political party, adding that he did not need to lie.

“This man tried to kill me twice and whenever an investigation is carried out, I will prove that it was this man and there is a whole gang with him,” he said, adding that the nation was well aware of who was standing with the officer.

Published in Dawn, May 10th, 2023

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