03 Nov 2022 | 03:08 PM

Imran Khan wounded after being shot at political rally

The former Pakistan captain is now in stable condition after being shot in the leg

Former captain and prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was in stable condition after being shot in the leg at a political rally on Thursday.

The 1992 World Cup-winning skipper has been leading a chaotic convoy of thousands since Friday from the city of Lahore towards the capital, Islamabad, campaigning for fresh elections after being ousted from office in April.

Imran was wounded when shots were fired at him and other officials standing on the top of a modified container truck as it slowly drove through a thick crowd near Gujranwala.

"There was a guy who was in front of the container who had this automatic pistol. He fired a burst. Everyone who was standing in the very front row got hit," former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, who was standing behind Imran, told AFP.

He said supporters in the crowd tried to snatch the gun from the attacker. "In that scuffle he missed the target. There was so much blood on the container. Six people on the container were hit and one supporter was killed."

Officials from Imran's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said he was being treated at a hospital in Lahore and was in stable condition.

Imran was voted into power in 2018 on an anti-corruption platform by an electorate tired of dynastic politics. However, he was removed from office in April by a no-confidence vote after defections by some of his coalition partners, but he retains mass public support in the South Asian country. 

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