Imran Khan ‘well and recovering’ says aide
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Imran Khan recalled the horrifyingly “straight forward” attempted assassination attack on him during a rally in Pakistan. The ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan was shot in the leg while leading his supporters on a protest march earlier this month.
One person was killed and at least 10 injured in the attack on his convoy.
Mr Khan had accused the current Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and an army general of plotting to assassinate him.
However, all of them denied the allegation.
In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Mr Khan spoke about the incident in detail.
He told the publication: “It was a straight forward assassination attempt.
“When the shooter fired, there was a man standing on the street [next to him] and this young supporter, he put his hand on the gun and so rather than hitting my chest, the bullets hit my legs.
“This caused my legs to collapse.
“There was a second shooter but the bullets then went over my head.”
While treating his injuries, surgeons removed three bullets lodged in his left leg.
However, a bullet that hit his right shin bone required a debilitating cast and it will be one month until he gains full mobility again.
Putting the blame on Mr Sharif, the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan claimed that he knew that his successor and his allies were plotting to get him killed, saying he had been tipped off by a friendly source in the ISI that the country’s current premier would try to pass off an organised assassination attempt as if it had been carried out by a rogue Islamic fundamentalist.
He claimed: “They have already tried other ways. To get me disqualified [from politics] in legal cases, terrorism charges, I have around 25 cases against me right now.
“But, these cases were failing and as my support grew, I knew my life would be in danger.”
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Mr Khan is optimistic about his chances of re-election next year.
Video footage showed him and his supporters on a shipping container being towed by a lorry before a burst of gunfire is heard.
Mr Khan is then seen ducking, as those around him try to cover him.
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