PTI MPA narrowly escapes assassination bid in Punjab
*GOJRA: **PTI MPA Bilal Asghar Warraich has narrowly escaped assassination bid in Punjab.*
*One person was killed in a firing incident at the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Bilal Asghar Warraich on Sunday night, ARY News reported.*
According to the area police, the lawmaker remained unhurt while his friend named Umair Asghar was killed.
The police said the firing incident took place at the PTI lawmaker’s dera (outhouse) located on Jhang Road. An armed man opened fire a few minutes after Warraich went inside his room, they said.
Umair’s body was shifted to Tehsil Headquarter Hospital for medico-legal formalities. The deceased received 11 gunshot wounds over his body after he was shot at from a distance of 3-4 feet, said a police official.
Citing initial investigation, the police official said an accused, identified as Haider Gujjar, was involved in the shooting as he used to visit the dera more often than not. He added the accused visited the dera last night as per a routine and shot Umair dead after finding an opportunity.
The police official said they were carrying out a probe into the incident from all aspects, adding that the MPA had earlier informed the police about death threats he had been receiving from opponents.
The PTI lawmaker in a statement said his rivals had hatched a conspiracy to get him killed. Fortunately, he added, he went inside his room a few minutes before the incident due to which he survived an attempt on his life.