Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Friday blamed established figures for the plot to kill him, saying unnamed agencies were undermining democracy in the country.
The day after he survived a shooting at a political rally Outside the town of Gujranwala, Punjab province, Khan gave a rambling speech at a hospital in Lahore, where he was recovering from the injuries he sustained. While in a wheelchair, the politician turned cricket star cited three senior figures behind the attack.
Dr Faisal Sultan told reporters that the former Pakistani leader suffered a broken bone in his right leg from a stray bullet. An X-ray of the Sultan showed a fracture in Khan’s right leg, and shrapnel lodged in the sides of his thighs.
Without giving evidence, Khan blamed Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal, who is a senior intelligence official. CNN is reaching out to three men for comment.
Khan first accused the trio of being responsible for the plot, in a statement shared by PTI senior leader Asad Umar, who said he recently spoke with Khan. In a televised speech on Thursday, Sanaullah called Khan’s allegations “sad.”
Khan said he knew about the plot to kill him the day before it happened. He also stated that “the agencies did not allow democracy to operate in Pakistan.”
One person died in Thursday’s attack, which injured several others and sparked protest protests among Khan’s supporters.
Video of the alleged attack shows Khan waving from an open-top truck, as shots rang out, prompting members of his team to duck for cover.
Pakistan’s senior leader Asad Umar (PTI) Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said a bullet had lodged in Khan’s leg, who later added: “Yes, he was shot, there were bullets lying around. in his leg, his bone was chipped. was also shot in the thigh. ”
According to police, a man suspected of shooting at the rally was arrested on Thursday.
Khan called on the people to protest against the three officials he said were planning the attack until they resigned.
“As long as these three men don’t resign, you have to protest, against injustice, you have to wage a jihad against them, jihad means standing against injustice,” Khan said today. Friday.
Khan said as soon as he recovers from the gun attack, he will continue his so-called Long Journey to Islamabad to call for early elections. He was on the seventh day of his nationwide tour, which started in Lahore on October 28 and will end in Islamabad after passing through several Pakistani cities.
It was one of a number of protests the former Pakistan cricket captain has organized since dramatic subversion as Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence in April. During that time, he repeatedly claimed, without any proof, that the United States was behind his loss of power.