In a Twitter post, Khan’s former aide, Shahbaz Gill, said the incident took place as the government had pulled the security detail of the former prime minister.
“You (a veiled reference to government and security establishment) have gone completely berserk. The video statement that Khan has recorded cannot be found on his phone. The mobile phones were stolen after Imran Khan landed at the airport after addressing a rally,” he said, alleging that Imran’s phones were “ordered to be stolen” from the airport.
At the Sialkot rally, Khan had claimed that an “assassination attempt” is being hatched against him – video evidence of which he has kept in a “secure place”.
“I have named all those elements involved in the conspiracy in the video. I knew about it and I got full knowledge of it a few days ago,” Khan said.
“If something happens to me then this video will be made public in front of the nation. In it, whoever has conspired against me, whoever is complicit since last summer, I’ve named everyone,” the ex-PM added.
PM Shehbaz Sharif directed interior (home) minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday to boost Imran’s security amid alleged threats to his life.
In a statement, the spokesperson for the interior ministry said that as per the orders of the PM, Imran has been provided “foolproof security”.
The statement said at least 94 security personnel, including 22 Islamabad policemen, have been deployed at Bani Gala, the residence of Imran Khan. Similarly, 36 policemen from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and six from Gilgit-Baltistan have been deployed to protect Imran, it states.