Former Pakistani PM and veteran politician, Imran Khan was shot in both legs on Thursday afternoon in route to Eastern Punjab province. Khan while going advocating for
No sooner than the attempted assassination of the famous cricketer-turned-politician, national leaders including Nobel laureate Mallala Yousafzai condemned the violent growing attacks. An aide reported that a guy who was believed to have shot dead Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, during a political event on Thursday had been identified.
Khan was taken to Lahore from Gujranwala, where he was treated and called to be stable after surgery. He sustained wounds on his foot whereas one of Khan’s supporters was killed in the shooting in Wazirabad. Additionally hurt were some PTI party leaders belonging to Khan.
Suspect says Khan ‘misled’ people
The suspect in custody is believed to have accused Khan of misleading the people and his supporters as stated by Fawad Chaudhry, the spokesperson of
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Raising Concern in Imran Khan shooting
The attack sparked fresh worries about Pakistan’s escalating political unrest, a nuclear-armed country with a sizable population of 225 million. Since his removal from office in April following a no-confidence vote in Parliament, Khan has been able to organise large-scale rallies around the nation, stirring up crowds by alleging that he was the victim of a plot by his replacement, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States.
According to the police, Khan was travelling in a sizable convoy of trucks and cars toward the capital, Islamabad, as part of his campaign to compel the government to call early elections, when he was attacked on Thursday in the Wazirabad region of the eastern Punjab province.
The Tehreek-e-Insaf party made a release stating that an undefined number of followers who participated in the march were also injured. After starting his march from Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, with hundreds of supporters, Khan was attacked less than a week after he did so.
Khan has claimed that his removal from office in a no-confidence vote in April was the result of a plot orchestrated by his successor, Sharif, and the United States; both the new premier and Washington have refuted these assertions.
Additionally, Sharif’s administration said that there would be no early voting and that the upcoming elections will take place in 2023 as scheduled.