Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan says he was shot four times as he reveals extent of injuries

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Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has revealed details of his attack after he was shot during a rally in an address to the nation.

Mr Khan said he was shot four times, with two bullets hitting each of his legs, during a protest march in Pakistan on Thursday.

Describing his injuries, a doctor in the room said he was hit “on the right thigh [with] two bullets” and on “the left thigh two bullets” – adding that his “left tibia was fractured”.

The doctor said there was a fracture on Mr Khan’s right leg and near the main artery there were some bullet fragments.

“If it was hit there, there would have been a lot of bleeding,” he said.

“We took these four bullet fragments out but they did not touch any major structures.”

Mr Khan said two shooters tried to assassinate him and they killed one person and injured 11 others.

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He said three people had devised the plan to assassinate him, but gave no names and provided no evidence for his allegations.

He added: “Once I recover, I will once again come onto the streets.”

Imran Khan addresses the nation
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Imran Khan addresses the nation
X-ray images show where the bullets lodged in Mr Khan's legs
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X-ray images show where the bullets lodged in Mr Khan’s legs

The former prime minister gave an interview to Sky News two hours before he was shot in which he said he was hopeful there would not be violence during his march across the country.

Asked if the prospect of violence worried him, he said: “I’ve been on the road for six months now, what I’ve seen I’m confident that I will be able to direct it through elections. I will be able to direct this through elections and bring about a change. But the other possibility is, you would not want it to go the other way.”

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Khan’s last interview before being shot

Footage from the scene captured what local media is citing as the gunman, who appeared to escape as members of the public tried to take the weapon off him.

Police are questioning the alleged attacker, who appeared in a video saying he carried out the shooting and acted alone.

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Local media is citing the man pictured (C) as the suspected gunman

The cricketing hero-turned-politician – who has been calling for new elections since he was ousted from power in April – has been delivering impassioned speeches at gatherings across the country.

He was six days into a march from Lahore to Islamabad in his push for radical change when the shooting took place.

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Protest in Pakistan for Imran Khan

Following the shooting, Mr Khan’s supporters staged nationwide protests, blocking key roads in major cities and sometimes clashing with police.

His party has called for the protests to continue until its demand for political change in Pakistan is met.

“Today, after Friday prayers, there will be protests across the country, which will continue until Imran Khan’s demand is met,” Asad Umar, a close aide of Mr Khan, tweeted.

People react as they protest amid tear gas smokes used to disperse them during a protest to condemn the shooting incident on a long march held by Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Wazirabad, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Waseem Khan NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
People react as police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest to condemn the shooting incident on a long march held by Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Wazirabad, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Waseem Khan NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Mr Khan’s successor, condemned the shooting and has ordered an immediate investigation.

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