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The gunman who opened fire at Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest march has confessed that he tried to assassinate the cricketer-turned-politician and claimed that he did so because the music being played at the agitation was interfering with azan (call for prayer).

A confessional video of the attacker was shared by Imran Khan’s former media adviser Omar R Quraishi, showing the gunman at a police station.

The assailant said that his intention was to kill Khan, and no one else. He further said that the idea to eliminate the 70-year-old politician originated when Khan began the anti-government rally from Lahore’s Liberty Chowk on October 28.

In the clip, he can be heard saying, “I decided to kill him today (Thursday). This idea came to me when Khan started his long march. I am alone and nobody is with me. I came on my motorbike and I parked the bike in the shop of my uncle.”

Alleged shooter; I did it because he (Imran Khan) is misleading people – I did my best to try & kill him – only him & no one else

Q: Why did you think of doing this?

A: I thought that there is Azan happening and they are playing music on a deck. I decided to do this the day … pic.twitter.com/RoTskPfy5M

— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) November 3, 2022

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“I decided to kill him because when a call for prayer was given, songs were being played (from the container),” he added.

The attack took place on Thursday evening near Allahwala Chowk of Wazirabad town in Punjab when Khan was leading the long march to Islamabad demanding early elections.

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The gunman claimed that he was not affiliated to any political, religious or terror outfit.

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Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi suspended police officers in Punjab province following the leak of the attacker’s confessional statement.

According to ARY News, Elahi took notice of the statement and order disciplinary action against the irresponsible officials.

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The Station House Officer (SHO) and other officials of the concerned police station were suspended, the report added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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