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Last Updated: November 03, 2022, 23:32 IST
Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sustained three bullet injuries to his leg after an assailant opened fire at his rally on Thursday evening. Khan will not be able to walk for the next three weeks, a top source in Shoukat Khanun Hospital told CNN-News18. The PTI chairman was admitted to the Shoukat Khanun Hospital in Lahore and a medical team was formed headed by former health minister Dr Faisal Sultan. The firing was reported near the container-mounted truck carrying Khan during his protest march near Zafar Ali Khan chowk in the Wazirabad City of Gujranwala Division. Read More
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary-General Asad Umar said on Thursday that party chief Imran Khan, who is in hospital after an alleged assassination bid, suspects the top brass of the government is behind the attack. READ MORE
Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan had last month claimed that four individuals want him to be assassinated on charges of blasphemy. He had, however, stopped short of revealing the names of the four individuals at the time, saying that a video stating the names of the conspirators will be released if anything untoward happened to him. READ MORE
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, said that the firing incident is a manifestation of increasing violence in the politics of the country. “I believe today’s incident shows the deterioration in our politics,” he said. “The entire nation is condemning this incident”, he said. He also said use of words like killing and burning in politics by politicians give a licence to their followers to use such methods. “Because if it persists, our words will fade away and only the noise of bullets and violence will be heard,” he said and added: “We must not resort to violence because it undoes society”.
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan suspects Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a senior military officer are behind the assassination attempt on him during a rally in Punjab province, PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar was quoted as saying by Geo News. “Imran Khan has said that he had the information beforehand that these people might be involved in the assassination attempt on him,” Asad said.
Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan, who was hit by three bullets in a daring assassination attempt during his rally in Wazirabad on Thursday evening, said he would fight back. Speaking to his close aides moments after being shot, Khan said, “Allah has given me another life.” READ MORE
Imran Khan will not be able to walk for the next three weeks, a top source in Shoukat Khanun Hospital told CNN-News18. Doctors have recommended complete bed rest for three weeks to the former prime minister after he sustained bullet injuries following a shooting during a protest rally in Punjab province. The PTI chairman was admitted to the Shoukat Khanun Hospital in Lahore and a medical team, headed by the former health minister Dr Faisal Sultan in Khan’s cabinet, was formed.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the attack on Imran Khan and his supporters was “completely unacceptable”. “The attack on Imran Khan and his supporters is completely unacceptable, and I strongly condemn this violence. It has no place in politics, in any democracy, or in our society. I’m wishing a speedy recovery to Imran and all who were injured today,” he said.
Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan survived an assassination attempt today after a gunman opened fire, wounding Khan in the leg and killing one supporter during a protest rally in Punjab province. The accident came weeks after Khan alleged that four individuals were conspiring to assassinate him on charges of blasphemy. “If I get killed then they will say a religious fanatic killed him [Imran] because he had committed blasphemy,” he said in a rally in Mianwali in Pakistan’s Punjab province on October 7. Meanwhile, Naveed Mohammad Basheer, the suspected gunman who opened fire told media the PTI chairman is “misleading people”. “Imran Khan is misleading the people so I thought to kill him,” he claimed. He also accused Khan of blasphemy, including playing music and dancing during Azaan. “I only want to kill Imran Khan,” he added.
The man who purportedly caught one of the two suspects who tried to shoot former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has since received wide praise on social media because of his courage and presence of mind. READ MORE
Former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari condemned the shooting incident during a protest rally led by former prime minister Imran Khan in which he sustained bullet injuries and 15 people were injured. Zardari also urged authorities concerned to conduct a full investigation, according to Geo News report.
The Pakistan Army condemned the firing on former prime minister Imran Khan’s campaign truck during a rally in which he sustained bullet injuries in the leg. “Firing incident during Long March near Gujranwala is highly condemnable. Sincere prayers for precious life lost and speedy recovery and well being of Chairman PTI Mr Imran Khan and all those injured in this unfortunate incident,’ Inter-Services Public Relations, the PR wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces said in a statement. Fifteen people were injured and one of his supporters died in the attack.
Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan was on Thursday shot at a political rally by a gunman but the cricketer-turned-politician’s condition is said to be stable, Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid confirmed to CNN-News18. The incident took place near Allahwala Chowk of Wazirabad town of Punjab when Khan was leading the protest march. READ MORE
PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said the attack on Imran Khan was “a well planned assassination attempt.” The assassin planned to kill Imran khan and leadership of PTI, it was not 9 MM it was burst from automatic weapon, no two opinions about that it was narrow escape.”
The PTI has staged massive protests across Pakistan against the assassination bid on party chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest rally in Wazirabad today. Khan sustained three bullet injuries and 15 people were reported injured and one died after an assailant opened fire. The attacker, identified as Naveed Mohammad Basheer, was arrested and told news channels that he wanted to kill Khan as he was “misleading people” and accused Khan of blasphemy, including “playing music and dancing during Azaan.”
Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alv condemned the attack on “brave” former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest rally in Wazirabad today. “Strongly condemn heinous assasination attempt on ex-PM of Pakistan, the brave @ImranKhanPTI I have sought immediate reports from authorities. I pray for his speedy recovery & of all those injured. My condolences to family of deceased political worker who died during the incident,” he said in a tweet.
In the latest development to the Imran Khan attack, a video has surfaced that captures the footage of the assassin and a few moments before the shots were fired at Imran Khan. READ MORE
Naveed Mohammad Basheer, the suspected gunman who shot ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan during a rally in Wazirabad today said, he thought of killing the PTI chairman as he is “misleading people”. Imran Khan is misleading the people so I thought to kill him,” he claimed. “He also accused Khan of blasphemy, including playing music and dancing during Azaan. I only want to kill Imran Khan,” he said.
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and PTI chairman, who was shot in the left by three bullets during a protest rally in Wazirabad, is stable and was seen waiving at supporters as he was taken to the hospital to receive treatment.
Imran Khan was shot in the leg but was stable while being taken to hospital. He waived at supporters too. #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن_ہے pic.twitter.com/XizoAQzPax
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 3, 2022
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) announced nationwide protests around 7 pm today against today’s armed attack on party chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan. Officials have issued a detailed traffic arrangements plan and called for people to avoid travelling in the area
Lahore – Liberty Chowk protest at 1900hrs Rawalpindi – PTI Rally in progress from Shamsabad to Faizabad. Rawalpindi – PTI protestors have blocked Peshawar Road near Chour Chowk.
Pakistani international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket Babar Azam condemned the attack on former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest rally. “Strongly condemn this heinous attack on @ImranKhanPTI. May Allah keep Kaptaan safe and protect our beloved Pakistan, Ameen,” he said in a tweet.
Sources said Khan, who was hit by four bullets, has been evacuated by his security to an armoured vehicle and is en route to a safe location with medical facilities.
Khan is currently leading a protest march against the federal government in Islamabad to demand snap elections.
The firing has left more than 15 PTI workers injured, including former Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and Faisal Javed.
Following the firing, a clash was reported between PTI workers and police.
Khan launched his protest march on October 28. The party’s long march, now on the road for six days, was to reach Islamabad in seven days according to the initial plan. The march was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on November 4, but PTI leader Asad Umar said that the protest convoy would reach the capital on November 11.
Khan has been demanding early elections and he is leading the long march towards Islamabad to press for his demands. The term of the current National Assembly will end in August 2023 and fresh elections should be held within 60 days.
(With inputs from Manoj Gupta and agencies)
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