ISLAMABAD – Pakistan tightened security around former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday, the interior ministry said, two days after he claimed at a rally in the eastern province of Punjab that there had a plot to assassinate him.
The ministry said in a statement that dozens of police, along with paramilitary troops, have been assigned to Khan’s residence in Islamabad. Security forces would also escort Khan whenever he left Islamabad for any part of the country, the ministry said.
In his speech at the rally in the town of Sialkot on Saturday, Khan did not give details of the alleged plot against him, but claimed he recorded a video message detailing it all.
Khan’s supporters have held rallies across the country since last month when he was ousted by the opposition following a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly. He was succeeded by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Sharif also ordered maximum security measures for Khan on Monday, according to a separate government statement.
Khan lost his grip on power after his party allies and a key coalition partner defected in early April. Since his ouster, he has demanded new elections, saying Sharif’s government was imposed as part of an alleged US plot. Washington has denied Khan’s conspiracy claims, and Sharif’s government has also dismissed them.
Pakistan has seen an upsurge in militant attacks.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber hit near a vehicle belonging to the security forces in the northwest of the country, killing three soldiers and three children. Gunmen in the city of Peshawar killed two members of the minority Sikh community. On Monday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare attack on Sikhs.