PARIS, France – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was wounded in the shin on Thursday when his convoy was shot at in the country’s east on Thursday, an aide said.
A member of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said several colleagues were also wounded amid reports one had been killed.
”A man opened fire with an automatic weapon. Several people are wounded Imran Khan is also injured”, Asad Umar told Reuters. Khan was taken to the hospital.
The attack happened in Wazirabad, nearly 200 km (120 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.
Former cricketer Khan, 70, was leading a protest march in Islamabad to demand a snap election. There were hundreds of people in the convoy.
A bullet hit his shin, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudry said.
”Imran Khan and (party colleague) Faisal Javed received bullets wounds. A bullet hit IK’s shin. Both have been taken to hospital for treatment”, Chaudhry told Reuters.
Javed, who had blood stains on his clothes, told Geo TV from the hospital that ”several of our colleagues are wounded. We heard that one of them is dead”.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered the interior minister to seek an immediate investigation.
Since being ousted in April through a parliamentary vote, Khan has held rallies across Pakistan, stirring opposition against a government that is struggling to bring the economy out of the crisis that Khan’s administration left it in.