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India Says ‘Keeping a Close Eye’ After Assassination Attempt Against Imran Khan

Last Updated: November 03, 2022, 21:14 IST

A clash was reported between PTI workers and police soon after the firing incident (Image: Reuters/File)

Over 15 members of his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were injured including former Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and Faisal Javed Khan

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday reacted to the firing incident reported at former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s rally in Punjab Province, and said that it is “keeping a close eye” on the matter. “This is something that we are closely keeping an eye on and we will continue to monitor the ongoing developments,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in responding to a question at a media briefing.

Khan sustained grave injuries after getting shot multiple times in both legs, Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid confirmed. Over 15 members of his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were injured including former Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and Faisal Javed Khan.

Faisal Javed Khan claimed that one person died in the incident, and urged people to pray for those injured, including Imran Khan. A clash was reported between PTI workers and police soon after the firing incident.

Following the incident, a protest will be held in Liberty Chowk against the “cowardly attack”, PTI Lahore president Sheikh Imtiaz Mehmood said in a tweet. According to news agency PTI, the incident took place near Allahwala Chowk of Wazirabad town of Punjab.

70-year-old Khan was shot in his right leg, and was shifted to a bullet proof vehicle, a Geo TV footage showed. One person was arrested from the spot and police shifted him to an unknown location.

Imran Khan launched his protest march on October 28. The party’s long march, now on the road for six days, was to reach Islamabad in seven days according to the initial plan.

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