JHELUM: Eight people were injured on Sunday when gunmen opened fire at workers making their way to a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rally in Jhelum, police said.
The injured have been rushed to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital, Jhelum. Two of the eight are seriously injured.
Aqeel Ahmed, a technician at the emergency ward, told Dawn.com that one person in critical condition, who sustained a bullet injury in the chest, has been shifted to another hospital as the DHQ Jhelum does not have the facilities to treat him.
Ahmed said the remaining injured activists have sustained injuries in the lower limbs.
The incident took place in Gharmala, about 5 km away from the Syed Zameer Jaffery Stadium Jhelum — the venue set for the PTI’s rally today — when large numbers of PTI workers were en route to the stadium.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the District Police Officer (DPO) Jhelum over the incident.
A large number of PTI activists have gathered outside the hospital where the injured have been taken.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan earlier this month announced rallies all over the country as part of his campaign to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against the backdrop of his party’s rigging allegations in the last year’s historic elections.
“An overwhelming majority in the PTI believes that the stage is set to further party’s popularity among the masses because it has been receiving a massive response from the people since the launching of Azadi March on Aug14,” a member of the committee had told Dawn earlier… see more