Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Imran Khan had been reported by security agencies.
“After these reports, the Prime Minister’s security has been reinforced in accordance with the decision of the government,” he said.
Earlier this week, PTI leader Faisal Vawda made similar statements, saying a plot was underway to assassinate the prime minister for his refusal to “sell out the country”.
Vawda had made these remarks on FYR News ‘Off the Record’ in response to a question about a letter Prime Minister Imran held up during the PTI’s March 27 power show in Islamabad, saying it contained ‘evidence’ of a ‘foreign conspiracy’ to overthrow his government.
Vawda said there was a threat to the prime minister’s life but remained evasive when asked if the alleged plot to assassinate the prime minister was mentioned in the letter.
He also said the Prime Minister had been repeatedly told that bulletproof glass was to be installed in front of his dais during the March 27 rally. “But as always and as usual, he said that my [death] will come when Allah wills. Don’t worry,” Vawda quoted him as saying.
The news also comes a day after the Prime Minister, in a nearly hour-long live address to the nation, pledged to foil “an international plot” hatched against his government by leaders of the opposition and their alleged handlers before the vote of no confidence in the National Assembly.
In an apparent slip, he had revealed the name of the United States as the country behind the “threatening letter”. However, reacting to the Prime Minister’s speech, the opposition parties called him a “security threat”.
On Wednesday, the prime minister shared the letter with members of his cabinet in a hastily called meeting, which was not attended by the PTI’s two main allies – Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) – although they were invited. . It was learned that the letter was shown to cabinet members on a television screen.
Prime Minister Imran had also called a select group of TV presenters and informed them that “the language of the letter was threatening and arrogant” and that Pakistan would face dire consequences if the no-confidence motion failed.
However, the Prime Minister did not show the letter to the media.
This rush to share the document with the cabinet and some journalists came after it became clear that the Prime Minister had lost his majority in the National Assembly following the decision of the MQM-P to support the common opposition in the non-confidence resolution against the prime minister.
A key ally of the PTI government in the Centre, the MQM-P has seven seats in the AN and after its decision to split from the government, the opposition garnered the support of 177 deputies, five more than the 172 needed to win a majority.