Tensions rose on Friday as the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan He accused establishment figures of a conspiracy to kill him – a charge strongly denied by ruling and security officials.
He survived a day later Firing at a political rally Khan gave a rousing speech at a hospital in the city of Lahore, outside the city of Gujranwala in Punjab province, where he is recuperating from his injuries. While confined to a wheelchair, the cricket star-turned-politician cited three senior figures behind the attack.
Former Pakistan President Dr Faisal Sultan told reporters that his right leg was fractured due to bullet injuries. Sultan showed X-rays showing a fractured bone in Khan’s right leg and bullet fragments embedded in both sides of his thigh.
Without presenting evidence, Khan blamed Prime Minister Shabazz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and senior intelligence officer Major General Faisal. CNN reached out to three people for comment.
Khan first blamed the trio on Thursday for the plot, in a statement shared by senior PTI leader Asad Umar, who said he had spoken to Khan recently.
In a televised address on Thursday, Sanaullah rejected the allegation, calling it “gross”.
Pakistan’s military’s media wing on Friday condemned Khan’s claims, calling them “baseless and irresponsible allegations” and threatened legal action.
“No one will be allowed to defame the organization or its players with impunity. In view of this, the Government of Pakistan has been requested to take legal action against those responsible for making defamatory and false allegations against the company and its officials without any evidence and to investigate the matter,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). .
Khan said he knew of the plot to kill him a day before and that he had two gunmen in his attack.
“There was an explosion from one side and another from the front. There were two people,” Khan said while talking about the attack.
Khan has locked horns with his government A dramatic exodus A vote of confidence in April. At the time, he repeatedly claimed, without any evidence, that the United States was behind his loss of power.
One person died in Thursday’s attack, which injured many and sparked protests among Khan’s supporters.
A video of the attack shows Khan waving from an open truck as shots rang out, sending his party members ducking for cover.
Khan’s leg was hit by a bullet, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Asad Umar, later added: “Yes, he was shot, his leg has shrapnel, his bone is cut, he is shot in his thigh.
A suspected shooter at the rally was arrested Thursday, police said.
On Thursday, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information released a video of the confession of an unnamed man claiming to have carried out the attack.
Khan called on citizens to protest until they resign against the three officials he accused of plotting his attack.
“Until these three people resign, you have to wage a jihad against injustice, against them, and jihad means standing against injustice,” Khan said on Friday.
Khan said once he recovers from the shooting, he will call for early elections and resume his long march to Islamabad. He was on the seventh day of a nationwide tour, which began on October 28 in Lahore and will tour several Pakistani cities and then conclude in Islamabad.
It was one of several rallies held by the former Pakistan cricket captain since his ouster in April.
Thursday’s incident is not the first time Pakistani politicians have been attacked.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, while then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani survived an assassination attempt in 2008.
Correction: This story has been updated to correctly reflect reports received from Pakistani officials.