Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the leg at a rally on Thursday, according to an official in his party, who said the incident was an assassination attempt.
A bullet hit Khan in his leg after an unidentified man opened fire, senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar said.
The former Pakistan cricket captain was taken to a gathering place outside the town of Gujranwala for treatment in Lahore. At least three other people were injured by gunshots. The extent of the other injuries is unknown.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who came to power after Khan lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence in April, condemned Thursday’s attack on his political rival on Twitter.
“I condemn the incident of firing on PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the strongest terms,” Sharif wrote, adding that he had asked for an “immediate report on this incident” and would pray for the recovery of those injured.
Sharif wrote: “Violence should have no place in the politics of our country.
On 21 October, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recommended that Khan be barred from holding political office for five years, a move that could further fuel political tension in the country.
While reading the proposal, ECP chief Sikandar Sultan Raja said Khan should not be involved in “corrupt activities.”
The commission said its decision was based on the grounds that Khan “told lies” about the advertisement of gifts sent to him by the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Dubai while in office – an illegal offense under the country’s constitution. .
Khan was not promoted in a no-confidence vote following claims of mismanagement and economic mismanagement.
Since then he has repeatedly claimed, without providing any evidence, that the United States orchestrated his deportation. Khan’s accusations have become the basis of rallies he has held across Pakistan with the aim of returning to power.
His claims struck a chord with young people in a country where anti-American sentiment is rising, and anti-establishment sentiment is fueled by the rising cost of living crisis.
This is not the first time that Pakistani politicians have been attacked.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani survived an assassination attempt in 2008.