Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says that three bullets were removed from his right leg after he was shot last week. Imran Khan was shot at a political rally in Gujranwala In Pakistan on Thursday, but he is still alive. His party has called the shooting an attempt on his life.
Khan told Becky Anderson of CNN in an interview on Monday, “They took three bullets out of my right leg. They left some shrapnel from the left side inside.” Khan said that his bone is broken and that he has a cast on his leg. He also said that it will take him four to six weeks to be able to do normal things again. Khan said that intelligence agencies had told him that the shooting that hurt him last week would happen. He said this from his home in Zaman Park, Lahore. Anderson asked Khan on Monday what he knew about the incident and who told him. Khan said, “Remember, I was in charge for three and a half years. I’m in touch with the different intelligence agencies that are out there. How did I find out about it? From inside the agencies that gather intelligence. Why? Because most people are horrified by what’s going on in this country.”
The Pakistani intelligence agency said last week that it had told Khan “about the threat” before the rally. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said in a statement that the organization had already told the federal government about the threat to the former prime minister. The federal government had then told the Punjab provincial government about the threat.
The ISI also said that Khan’s safety was in the hands of the Punjab provincial government, which Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party runs.
Last Friday, Khan said that people in power were trying to kill him. This is something that government and security officials strongly denied.
“That speech tells how the events went down. How this could happen, how a religious fanatic would kill me for blasphemy and everyone would blame him? All of this is in my speech, which I broadcast on TV and put on social media,” he said, referring to a speech he gave on September 24 in which he said he described how the shooting would go.
When his critics said that blaming the current government for the attack would help Khan get back into the office, he said, “I don’t need any reason to blame this government for me to get back into power.” He also said that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is still popular, even though he was kicked out of office in April.
“They did everything they could to get rid of me. “This was planned for when that didn’t happen,” he said.
In the attack on Thursday, one person died and several others were hurt. Khan was taken to a hospital in Lahore after the shooting to be treated. Khan blamed Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and Maj. Gen. Faisal, who is a senior intelligence official. He said this on Friday from the hospital, but he didn’t give any proof. CNN is trying to get the three men to talk about it.
At a news conference last week, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that Khan’s claims about Sharif and Sanaullah were not true.
They have shot at the entire Nation, we are deeply hurt because the trust is broken. Politics aside, Imran Khan is a National Icon and National Asset. The FIR needs to have the names he suspects or it is no better than a piece of JUNK! #FIR_Rejected pic.twitter.com/d0ahwyaemj
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 8, 2022
Khan’s claims have also been criticized by Pakistan’s military, which called them “false and irresponsible” and “absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for.” The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Friday night that Khan’s accusations against the military and military officials were “highly regrettable and strongly condemned.”
“The Pakistan army is proud to be a very professional and well-disciplined organization with a strong and effective internal accountability system that applies to all uniformed personnel if they do anything illegal,” the statement said.
“However, if vested interests use false accusations to hurt the honor, safety, and reputation of its rank and file, the institution will jealously protect its officers and soldiers no matter what,” it said.
PMLN stands with the Prime Minister's demand of a full court commission to investigate frivolous allegations of Imran Khan against state institutions. Let the nation know the truth! #PMExposesImranKhan pic.twitter.com/65OOAaJEiw
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) November 5, 2022
CNN reported earlier on Monday that Khan wrote a letter to Pakistani President Arif Alvi saying that since Khan’s government was removed from power in April, his party has been facing “an ever-increasing scale of false allegations, harassment, arrests, and torture in custody.”
CNN got the letter from a person close to the former prime minister. It was written on November 6, three days after Khan was shot but lived.
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