NEW DELHI: Unidentified assailants on Thursday opened fire on container-mounted-truck carrying former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during his rally in eastern Punjab province. Party official Asad Umar said Khan was wounded in the leg and was not seriously hurt.
“He is being taken to a hospital in Lahore, but he is not seriously wounded. A bullet hit him in the keg,” Umar told reporters.
The gunman caught by police has said that he acted independently and wanted to kill Imran Khan because “he was misleading the people,” Dawn reported.
The attack happened in the Wazirabad district in the eastern Punjab province. Khan was traveling in a large convoy of trucks and cars heading towards the capital, Islamabad, as part of his campaign aimed at forcing the government to hold early elections.
“Imran Khan is injured, may Allah protect him, the whole nation should pray for the life of Imran Khan,” PTI’s Farrukh Habib said on Twitter.
Injured in the assassination attempt on Imran Khan, Senator @FaisalJavedKhan speaks exclusively.… https://t.co/FgWxH7eikE
— PTI (@PTIofficial) 1667476428000
PTI’s Senator and Imran Khan’s close aide Faisal Javed has also sustained injuries during the firing.
Javed, who had blood stains on his clothes said that “several of our colleagues are wounded. We heard that one of them is dead”.
Since his ouster in a no-confidence vote in Parliament in April, Khan has alleged that his ouster was a conspiracy engineered by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States — claims that both the new premier and Washington have denied.
According to the interior ministry, the Pakistan government has ordered a robe into the incident.
Meanwhile, India said that it is keeping a close eye on the situation.
“It’s a development that just took place. We’re closely keeping an eye on and we’ll continue to monitor ongoing developments,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
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