Former cricketer Imran Khan shot within the shin’It was a transparent assassination try,’ says aideKhan was main march on Islamabad to demand snap electionsPakistan has lengthy historical past of political violence
LAHORE, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot within the shin on Thursday when his anti-government protest convoy got here beneath assault within the east of the nation in what his aides mentioned was a transparent assassination try.
Khan, 70, who was ousted as prime minister in April, was six days right into a miles-long protest procession, standing and waving to hundreds of cheering supporters from the roof of a container truck when pictures rang out.
A number of others in his convoy have been wounded and Info Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb mentioned a suspect had been arrested after the assault in Wazirabad, almost 200 km (120 miles) from Islamabad.
In purported footage of the capturing, being run by a number of channels, a person with a handgun is grabbed from behind by one of many individuals on the gathering. He then tries to flee.
TV channels confirmed a person they mentioned was a suspected shooter, who appeared to be in his twenties or thirties. He mentioned he wished to kill Khan and had acted alone.
“He (Khan) was deceptive the individuals, and I could not bear it,” the suspect mentioned within the video. The knowledge minister confirmed the footage was recorded by police.
Nobody has but been charged with the assault.
Khan had been whipping up massive crowds on his approach to the capital Islamabad in a marketing campaign to topple the federal government of rival Shehbaz Sharif.
One member of Khan’s occasion mentioned there have been experiences one particular person had been killed within the assault.
“It was a transparent assassination try. Khan was hit however he’s secure. There was lots of bleeding,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion, instructed Reuters.
“If the shooter had not been stopped by individuals there, the whole PTI management would have been worn out.”
He wrote on Twitter: “It was a well-planned assassination try on Imran Khan, the murderer deliberate to kill Imran Khan and management of PTI, it was not 9 MM it was burst from automated weapon, no two opinions about that it was slim escape.”
LONG HISTORY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE
Native media confirmed footage of Khan waving to the group after being evacuated from his automobile following the capturing.
He was taken to hospital in Lahore as protesters poured out on to streets in some elements of the nation and PTI leaders demanded justice.
Pakistan has an extended historical past of political violence. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 in a gun and bomb assault after holding an election rally within the metropolis of Rawalpindi, subsequent to Islamabad.
Her father and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged in the identical metropolis in 1979 after being deposed by a navy coup.
PTI colleague Faisal Javed, who was additionally wounded and had blood stains on his garments, instructed Geo TV from the hospital: “A number of of our colleagues are wounded. We heard that one in every of them is lifeless.”
Prime Minister Sharif condemned the capturing and ordered a direct investigation.
Since being ousted by means of a parliamentary vote, Khan has held rallies throughout Pakistan, stirring opposition towards a authorities that’s struggling to carry the economic system out of the disaster that Khan’s administration left it in.
Khan had deliberate to steer the motorised caravan slowly northwards up the Grand Trunk Highway to Islamabad, drawing extra assist alongside the best way earlier than getting into the capital.
“I need that each one of you take part. This isn’t for politics or private achieve, or to topple the federal government… that is to carry real freedom to the nation,” Khan mentioned in a video message on the eve of the march.
Further reporting by Aftab Ahmed, Sudipto Ganguly and Tanvi Mehta; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Modifying by John Stonestreet and Nick Macfie
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