Islamabad: Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, has sustained a bullet injury in his leg after a gunman opened fire at a rally in Wazirabad, in the country’s east.
The former cricket star, who was leading a protest march demanding snap elections, was out of danger and taken to a hospital in Lahore for treatment.
According to Media Reports, one of Khan’s supporters, identified as Muazzam Nawaz, died after sustaining bullet wounds. The identity of the suspect, who was arrested by police at the scene, was not immediately clear. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Footage on local TV channels showed Khan with a bandaged leg moving from his truck to another vehicle with the help of his security team.
Dr Faisal Sultan, chief executive of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, built by Khan in memory of his mother, said the PTI leader was in a stable condition and conscious.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif issued a statement condemning the incident and asked authorities to immediately launch an investigation.
The Pakistani army also issued a statement, saying the “firing incident” at the protest march “was highly condemnable”.
“Sincere prayers for precious life lost and speedy recovery and well being of Chairman PTI Mr Imran Khan and all those injured in this unfortunate incident.”