After Friday prayers, furious #Imran Khan followers protested the attempted murder of the former prime minister in a dramatic speech to the country from a hospital, vowing to continue his march to Islamabad and calling for new general elections. The federal government has asked the PTI-led Punjab provincial government to form a high-level joint investigation team (JIT) for a thorough investigation to uncover the truth, despite Mr. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s insistence that Thursday’s attack was a “prelude to a well-thought-out conspiracy” to assassinate their leader. Imran Khan, 70, was shot in the right leg by two assailants on Thursday in the Wazirabad region of Punjab province as he was heading the opposition.
Mr. Khan, whose right leg was glued, spoke to the public for the first time from the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore, where he is receiving medical attention. He promised to take to the streets once he has healed from his injuries. In his one-hour-and-45-minute address, he lambasted the administration headed by Prime Minister Sharif and declared, “As soon as I get healthy, I have chosen to take to the streets and will deliver the call for Islamabad.”
Marriyum Aurangzeb, the information minister, claimed that Mr. Khan’s accusations were all fabrications. After Mr. Khan’s speech, she spoke at a news conference and stated, “He still thinks he can fool all the people all the time with all this drama and spouting fake stuff.” Mr. Khan claimed that four rounds struck him.
The cricketer-turned-politician is being treated by Dr. Faisal Sultan, who indicated that Imran Khan’s right leg X-rays revealed that his tibia was injured and in fact shattered. “The main artery is indicated by the line on the right leg of this scan. There were bullet pieces extremely close by “said Sultan. He revealed the attempt on his life and claimed that while he was on the container, a “burst of gunshots” was fired in his direction, striking him in the thigh and causing him to collapse to the ground.
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