According to a representative from his party, Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan was shot in the foot at a rally on Thursday. His party claimed the incident was an attempted assassination.
According to senior leader Asad Umar of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), a bullet struck in the foot after the assailant opened fire.
The former captain of the Pakistan cricket team was taken to Lahore for treatment after the rally just outside Gujranwala. At least three additional people were shot and hurt. The other injuries’ full extent is still unknown.
Khan was recommended to be disqualified from holding political office for five years on October 21 by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a recommendation that is likely to escalate political tensions in the nation.
Imran Khan was disqualified, according to the ECP’s Sikandar Sultan Raja, who read out the recommendation, for engaging in “corrupt practises.”
Khan had “made false statements” regarding the declaration of the sale of gifts sent to him by the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Dubai while in office, the commission claimed, which is a violation of the law in the country.
There has been deadly political violence in Pakistan for a very long time.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was also assassinated at a public rally in 2007 in the most high-profile case.