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Miftah Ismail calls for stricter laws on firearms after attempted assassination of Imran Khan

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Miftah Ismail calls for stricter laws on firearms after attempted assassination of Imran Khan — File/Photo Newsline.pk

Miftah Ismail, a former finance minister and prominent member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), opined that Pakistan’s lax gun laws should be modified.

After Imran Khan was harmed during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lengthy march in Wazirabad yesterday, these comments were made early today.

The Minister conveyed his disgust and sympathies to the victims of the horrific shooting on Imran Khan’s shipping container in a tweet, saying it brought to mind the assault on Ahsan Iqbal, the previous interior minister, in 2018.

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He emphasised that no politician is safe, and in light of the recent incident, a few facts should be noted: first, there are too many guns [sic] in the country; second, getting a gun is all too simple; and third, once someone gets a gun, everyone thinks they have the right to use it to enforce the law and correct what they see as being wrong.

Miftah emphasised the necessity for a reform in the current gun regulations and the promotion of tolerance while keeping the aforementioned considerations in mind.

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Imran Khan, a former prime minister and current head of the PTI, was wounded in both legs on Thursday during the “Haqeeqi Azadi March.”

As a result of the incident, PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan also sustained injuries. One of the offenders was captured. Imran underwent surgery at Lahore’s Shaukat Khanum Hospital after being transported there. Imran had a meeting with senior party figures earlier today, and he will deliver a speech to the nation this evening.

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