Monday, November 28, 2022

Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan injured in ‘assassination bid’

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the shin on Thursday when his anti-government protest convoy came under attack in the east of the country in what his aides said was a clear assassination attempt.
Khan, 70, who was ousted as Prime Minister in April, was six days into a miles-long protest procession, standing and waving to thousands of cheering supporters from the roof of a container truck when shots rang out.
Several others in his convoy were wounded and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said a suspect had been arrested after the attack in Wazirabad, nearly 200 km from Islamabad.
In purported footage of the shooting, being run by multiple channels, a man with a handgun is grabbed from behind by one of the people at the gathering. He then tries to flee.
TV channels showed a man they said was a suspected shooter, who looked to be in his twenties or thirties. He said he wanted to kill Khan and had acted alone.
“He (Khan) was misleading the people, and I couldn’t bear it,” the suspect said in the video. The Information Minister confirmed the footage was recorded by police.
No one has yet been charged with the attack.
In exclusive information sourced by CNN-News18, Khan said, “I know they want to kill me but they don’t know Allah is protecting me. I will fight back.” Khan, who took three bullets in his both legs, is out of danger and recuperating at Lahore’s Shoukat Khanum Hospital, sources said.
Khan had been whipping up large crowds on his way to the capital Islamabad in a campaign to topple the government of rival Shehbaz Sharif.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary-General Asad Umar said that party chief Khan suspects that the top brass of the government is behind the attack.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered an immediate investigation.

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