“I shot 4 times,” says Imran Khan, propped up in a wheelchair

Lahore:

Imran Khan today said he was hit by four bullets in an assassination attempt by “those using the script of religious extremism” in Pakistan’s Wazirabad city on Thursday. The day before the attack, I came to know that they were planning to kill me either in Wazirabad or Gujarat,” the former prime minister said in his first video address since the attack from a Lahore hospital.

The cities of Wazirabad and Gujarat are on the route of his march from Lahore to Islamabad against the federal government backed by the military establishment.

Mr Khan described what he called a script: “First, they accused me of blasphemy. […] They made tapes and released them and the PMLN (one of the ruling parties) promoted it. I know who’s doing it.” It’s easy to find out, he said, “because it’s a digital world.”

“So first it was predicted that I insulted religion and then what they did in Wazirabad was their plan. […] “A religious extremist killed Imran Khan,” he said.

One of Mr Khan’s supporters Died in the attack and at least 13 others, including leaders of his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, were injured in Thursday’s firing.

“I was hit by four bullets,” revealed the former cricket captain Post-operative sutures Her calf in a wheelchair, wearing a blue hospital gown, arm drop, leg cast, national flag in background.

He said there were two shooters. Police have so far arrested the shooter and two other “suspects”.

The arrested assailant told police on camera that he acted alone: ​​”I am upset that he is misleading people by claiming to be a prophet and leading them away from the principles of Islam.” But Mr Khan has denied the allegations and specifically blamed top leaders: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Internal Security Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer, who heads the intelligence agency ISI.

‘If something happens…’

“Four people conspired to kill me,” he said today, adding that “I made a video naming those people and stashed it abroad,” adding that it would be released if anything untoward happened to him.

“How did I come to know that this was being plotted? Insiders told me,” Mr Khan said in today’s video, “The day before Wazirabad, they hatched the plan after seeing the number of people increasing… [They were] Using the script of religious extremism,” he said, comparing it to the 2011 killing of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer by a religious extremist.

The government has denied any role and promised a fair trial.

The attack recalled how another former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated during a rally in 2007. His killing remains a mystery as he was campaigning ahead of the elections.

Imran Khan has been demanding snap elections since his government was toppled seven months ago after losing the confidence of the security establishment. He has since Anti-military campaign And the “interference” of the intelligence agency ISI has “undermined democracy by installing a puppet government”.

The 70-year-old, once considered the army’s “choice” – and a World Cup-winning cricket star known for his shrewd moves on the field – served as prime minister for about four years until last April.

He launched his “long march” in October last week, demanding the resignation of a new government formed by two main opponents, Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Bhuttos’ Pakistan People’s Party (PML-N). PPP).

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