Attacks on Pakistani Leaders: There has been a deadly attack on the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. He was addressing a rally in Wazirabad when suddenly a gun-wielding assailant started firing. In this accident, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan has been shot in the right leg.
This is not the first such incident in Pakistan. There have been such deadly attacks on the Prime Ministers, Presidents and other leaders of the country in the last 7 decades. Some survived in these attacks but many leaders also lost their lives.
Liaquat Ali Khan
Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was shot twice in the chest while addressing a rally in Rawalpindi. This attack took place on 16 October 1951 in which he died.
Khan Abdul Zafar Khan
Khan Abdul Jaffar Khan, brother of the ‘frontier Gandhi’ Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, was assassinated on 9 May 1958 in Atta Mohammad, Sindh. He had been the Chief Minister of West Pakistan Province.
Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy
Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy was born in Midnapore, Bengal. From September 1956 to October 1957, he was the fifth Prime Minister of Pakistan. He died on 5 December 1963 in Beirut, Lebanon. It is said that the cause of his death was a heart attack. But many such reports have also come out in which it has been said that his death was a political murder which was done due to his deteriorating relationship with Ayub Khan.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
The ninth prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was also politically assassinated. He was sentenced to death for the murder of a Pakistani leader Nawab Muhammad Ahmed Khan Kasuri. However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan also gave him an opportunity to convert this sentence to life imprisonment. After which Bhutto’s lawyer Peerzada requested the then martial law administrator Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq to do so.
But Jia refused to give life to the corn, saying that the letter of request that was sent to me was lost somewhere. Bhutto understood Zia’s intentions and again did not make any request to get his execution commuted to life imprisonment. He was finally hanged on 4 April 1979 in Rawalpindi.
The sixth President and dictator of Pakistan, Muhammad Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, died in an air crash on 17 August 1988. The mystery of his death was never solved. Therefore the death of General Zia is also seen as a suspected murder.
Fazal Haq, a former martial law administrator of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Peshawar on 3 October 1991.
Ghulam Haider Wine
Ghulam Haider Wain, a former chief minister of the Punjab province of Pakistan, was assassinated on 29 September 1993 during an election rally.
Mir Murtaza Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s son and politician, Mir Murtaza Bhutto was assassinated on 20 September 1996 in Karachi.
Hakim Mohammad Sayeed
Hakim Mohammad Sayeed, the former governor of the Sindh province of Pakistan, was assassinated on 17 October 1998 in Karachi.
Pervez Musharraf, the former President and dictator of Pakistan, has been attacked several times. The first attack took place in the year 2000 in which Musharraf survived. The second attack took place in Rawalpindi on 14 December 2003 but the bomb that was planted to target him did not detonate due to the jammer installed in his car. Then on December 25 of the same year, he was also attacked with a deadly deadly attack, but Musharraf was not harmed.
On 6 July 2007, 36 rounds were fired from the SMG machine on Musharraf’s aircraft in Rawalpindi. This time too Musharraf was not hurt. On 3 April 2014, he was attacked for the fourth time. This attack took place in Rawalpindi. This time too Musharraf survived the attack.
Jam Mohammed Yusuf
Jam Mohammad Yousuf, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Pakistan, was also tried for assassination on 2 August 2003.
Shaukat Aziz, the 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan, was attacked in Attock on 30 July 2004. The attack happened during one of his election rally. They survived this attack.
Jil-e Huma Usman
Jil-e Huma Usman, who was the Social Welfare Minister in Punjab, was assassinated on 20 February 2007 in Gujranwala.
Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao
Aftab Ahmed, who was the Interior Minister of Pakistan, has been attacked three times, the first attack was on 28 April 2007. They survived that attack but 28 people lost their lives. The second attack was carried out in December 2007 targeting him. In this attack also he survived but 57 people died. The third failed attack occurred in April 2015.
Twice Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on 27 December 2007 at the same place in Rawalpindi where Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated. His father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was also politically assassinated and his brother Murtaza Bhutto was also assassinated.
Asfandyar Wali Khan
Asfandiyar Wali Khan, a Pakistani Pashtun leader, was assassinated on Eid, 3 October 2008. However, he survived the attack.
Hussein Ali Yousfi
Pakistani Baloch leader Hussain Ali Yosfi was assassinated on 26 January 2007.
Alam Jeb Khan
Pakistani leader Alam Jeb Khan was assassinated in Peshawar on 11 February 2009 by a remote control blast.
Shafiq Ahmed Khan
Punjab-born Shafiq Ahmed Khan, Balochistan’s education minister, was murdered outside his home in Quetta on October 25, 2009.
Ghani-ur Rahman, the Education Minister of the North West Frontier Province, was killed in a roadside bomb attack on 3 January 2010.
Pakistani leader Raza Haider was shot dead on 1 August 2010 by six unidentified assailants in Karachi.
Asim Ali Kurd
An unsuccessful attempt was made to kill Asim Ali Kurd, the Finance Minister of Balochistan, in a bomb attack. The attack took place on his car on 10 September 2010.
On 4 January 2011, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was shot dead by his bodyguards.
Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhati was assassinated on 2 March 2011 in Islamabad.
Bashir Ahmed Bilour
The leader of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bashir Ahmed, was assassinated on 22 December 2012 in Peshawar. Earlier, he had been attacked four times.
Shuja Khanzada, who was the Home Minister in Pakistan’s Punjab, was attacked on 16 August 2015. In this attack, 21 other people were killed along with him, including his relatives.
Ehsan Iqbal Choudhary
Pakistani leader, Ehsan Iqbal was attacked in May 2018 but he was immediately taken to Lahore where his life was saved after surgery.
Siraj Khan Raisani
Baloch leader, Siraj Khan Raisani was assassinated along with 131 people in a deadly bomb attack on 13 July 2018. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed responsibility for this attack.
Khwaja Isrul Hasan
Khwaja Izrul Hasan was attacked by terrorist organization Ansarul Sharia Pakistan in Karachi on 2nd September 2017 on the day of Eid. A 13-year-old child died in this attack. Khawaja has been the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly of Pakistan.
Baloch leader, Sami-ul-Haq was assassinated by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant on 13 July 2018.
Akram Khan Durrani
Akram Khan Durrani, the Minister of Housing and Works of Pakistan and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was unsuccessfully attacked in the year 2018.
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Story first published: Friday, November 4, 2022, 14:52 [IST]