Friday, March 04, 2022
KHANEWAL: A drone camera hit Asifa Bhutto-Zardari in the face while she was standing on the container during PPP's jalsa in Khanewal.
Following the incident, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took his sister, Asifa, inside the container.
According to initial reports, Bilawal’s security team has caught the drone operator, while Asifa is being given medical aid inside the container.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) long march towards Islamabad reached Khanewal on Friday.
The protest, aimed to oust the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan, started in Karachi. It is being led by PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
According to reports, Asifa has been shifted to Bilawal House Multan where a team of doctors and specialists will examine her.
According to hospital sources, Asifa has got five stitches on her forehead as the PPP leader sustained a 3-4 cm wound.
She left for Sahiwal after receiving medical treatment for the hospital.
Well-placed sources in the party said she will address the rally in Sahiwal.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, PPP chairman confirmed that Asifa has left the hospital and is recovering.
"In response to all the concern and calls, regarding @AseefaBZ she has finally left the hospital with several stitches on deep lacerations caused by the drone that hit her straight in the face on top of our #AwamiMarch lead truck," he wrote.
Police take private channel's staff into custody
Following the incident, a police investigation found that the drone camera was being operated from a private channel’s DSNG van.
Police said that except for two people, the rest of the staff of the TV channel has been taken into custody.
Meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari's security team has taken the drone operator and the engineer with them, police said.
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz took notice of the incident and inquired Asifa about her health.
"Hope you are not hurt," she wrote on Twitter.
According to The Express Tribune, Asifa sustained an injury just above her right eye and was suggested being shifted to Multan for treatment.
Later, while addressing the participants of the march, Bilawal confirmed that his sister was wounded after being hit by the drone.
The paramedic staff available at the venue suggested that she needed stitches but Asifa refused to be taken to the hospital and asked the ambulance staff to treat her with a bandage only, the PPP chief informed the publication.