Shahbaz Gill (L) is seen at the site where his car met an accident. Twitter photo
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Shahbaz Gill received minor injuries along with three other people in a car crash on M-2 Motorway near Sheikhupura, Punjab province, on Thursday.
The former special assistant for political communication to the then prime minister Imran Khan was travelling to Islamabad from Lahore when the incident happended.
The incident, which Gill later said was an attempt to murder him, occurred when a speeding vehicle rammed into his car from the rear side, local media reported.
"The four persons in [Gill’s] car received minor injuries," a motorway police spokesperson said in a statement.
In a statement on Twitter after the incident, Gill said the car crash was in fact "a murder attempt" on him.
"I want to tell those who attacked me, I am alive because of the Almighty and the prayers of my people. My car was chased and deliberately hit. This was done under a plan."
He recalled his statement from yesterday, saying: "I had said just a day ago that the most you could do is to get us killed. Do it. But, I will not betray [my cause]."
Gill said he stood with Imran and would remain with him and claimed the same elements would also "attack" Imran. "God willing, we will expose everyone," he said.
PTI Punjab's Information Secretary Musarrat Cheema taking notice of the accident demanded an investigation.
"This is terrible. Hope he's safe," she wrote on Twitter, adding that the police should look into this matter thoroughly.
"This can't be a coincidence when the interior minister is threatening PTI members and affiliates," she claimed.
The police said the incident took place at the G-11 signal of Islamabad where a speeding white Lexus coming from Golra Mor jumped the red light and hit a Mehran car in which five people were travelling. The Mehran car was coming to Srinagar Highway from G-11 side, they added.
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