The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the police to immediately investigate the gun violence incident involving the leader of the opposition, Imran Khan.
The ex-Prime Minister was shot while he was leading a protest march in the northeastern region of Wazirabad last Thursday.
One person lost his life and ten others were injured in the shooting.
Khan has accused the incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Home Minister, and a Pakistani Army general of conspiring to assassinate him. All of them have denied these allegations.
He said that the Punjab Police, where the attack had taken place, insisted that he withdraw his reference to a senior officer in the Pakistani Army and also in the Pakistani intelligence service ISI before they start the investigation.
The Pakistani Chief Justice, Umar Ata Bandial, wanted to know why the police force had not started a formal investigation into the events that unfolded last Thursday, even four days after the incident, and he gave them a period of twenty-four hours to investigate.
The court remarked that if the police did not start the investigation right away, valuable evidence would be destroyed at the scene, and this evidence would be controversial and would be rendered unacceptable in court.
Khan, 70, is recovering in a hospital after getting shot while he was leading a protest march to the capital, Islamabad.
Footage shows him on top of a shipping container, which was towed by a truck, and during the gunfire, Khan had ducked and was covered by his supporters.
One suspect has been arrested by the police, but no charges have been pressed against him.
The march to Islamabad was on its seventh day when the attack happened. The march was suspended, but it was later announced that it would continue without Khan, as he is currently recovering from the injuries he sustained.
He was sacked from office in April, following a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
He and his followers are marching to Islamabad to ask for fresh general elections, which are to happen next year.
The political situation in Pakistan is in shambles, as the nation is currently recovering from an economic crisis and from the catastrophic flood during the summer.
One of the country’s former prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto, was also assassinated by a car bomb back in 2007.
Khan has been disqualified by the Election Commission from holding any office of power as he was politically motivated.