Centre forms, PTI rejects new JIT on Wazirabad attack.

ISLAMABAD -- More than three months after the assassination attempt on the life of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the federal government on Monday formed a new team to probe the attack.

According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, the JIT will be headed by Pakistan Railways Inspector General Rao Sardar Ali Khan. Other members included Punjab Police DIG Kamran Adil and representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and Military Intelligence.

The approval of the federal cabinet was sought through circulation before the notification was issued.

According to the notification, the JIT has been constituted under Section 19(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.

IG Railways to head the probe body; ISI, MI, IB officers also included

A PTI worker died and 14 others, including former prime minister Khan, were injured when 'a gunman' opened fire at Wazirabad's AllahAwala Chowk during the party's long march against the federal government in November 2022.

After the attack, Mr Khan blamed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a high-ranking officer of the Inter-Services IntelliAgence for planning the attack and attempted to nominate them in the case.

Since then, several PTI leaders, including the chairman, have reiterated that the attack was a part of a 'well-coordinated' plan executed by at least three shooters to eliminate Imran Khan.

A JIT, formed by the Punjab government, reportedly concurred with Mr Khan's claims that the attack was carried out from three different shooting sites.

The team, which has been reconstituted twice, was headed by Lahore CCPO Ghulam Mehmood Dogar.

The second shake-up came on Sunday when the Punjab government removed four members, inlcuding D.G. Khan Regional Police Officer Syed Khurram Ali Shah, Punjab Counter-Terrorism DepartAment Superintendent Naseebullah Khan, Assistant Inspector General (Monitoring) Ehsanullah Chohan and Potohar SP Malik Tariq Mehboob, after a fact-finding report recommended strict action against them.

They were put under scanner after an...

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