Investigators examining the assaults on the General Headquarters (GHQ), Corps Commander’s House, and other key military facilities on May 9 have uncovered “irrefutable proof” of PTI leadership’s involvement through a meticulous analysis of technical evidence.
In response to the Punjab government’s clampdown on the individuals and PTI leadership involved in the May 9 disruptions and demonstrations, there were concerns about the investigative teams’ transparency and their ability to ensure that no innocent individuals were detained under the guise of maintaining law and order.
Highly informed sources within the Punjab Police who are privy to the ongoing investigation have stated: “The investigation team, led by DIG Kamran Adil, has primarily relied on technical evidence to pinpoint the offenders.”
During the investigation, the police used three key technical tools: social media posts across Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube; footage from Safe City cameras; and geofencing and Call Detail Records (CDR) of those suspected to be involved in the attacks on military facilities.
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A comprehensive analysis of the accumulated data has “established” that the PTI leadership “meticulously planned” the attacks on the military facilities should Imran Khan be apprehended.
The sources disclosed that WhatsApp group records belonging to PTI leadership had provided irrefutable evidence against the party leadership and how they orchestrated the events of May 9.
“Through geofencing and CDR, the investigation teams have gathered irrefutable evidence that this was a carefully planned and executed operation by the PTI to target sensitive installations.
The investigation team has also collected the record of messages of PTI leadership from their WhatsApp groups, showing how they coordinated the attacks with their supporters,” the sources noted.
According to sources, it was pre-planned that the leadership should aim at sensitive military installations if Khan were arrested. The party leadership had already earmarked key targets, including the Corps Commander’s House, GHQ, ISI headquarters, and numerous other significant buildings.
Notably, on May 9, attackers targeted not just the Corps Commander’s House but also ten other locations in Lahore that went unreported.
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The sources reported that PTI leaders, including Yasmeen Rashid, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Ijaz Chaudhry and others, were directly implicated in the attacks on military installations in Lahore.
The investigation team has gathered irrefutable evidence and named them in Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) cases.
Police have arrested 680 individuals from Lahore after identifying them through social media posts, geofencing, and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) records.