Pakistan’s Imran Khan says three bullets were taken from his right leg



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Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan said three bullets were taken from his right leg in a shooting last week.

Khan survived Thursday’s firing at a political rally in Gujranwala, which his party termed an assassination attempt.

In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson on Monday, Khan said, “They took three bullets out of my right leg. There were some pieces on the left, which they left inside.

Khan said his bone is damaged, his leg is in a cast and it will be four to six weeks before he can resume normal activity.

Speaking from his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, Khan said he had information from inside the intelligence agencies that the shooting that injured him would be carried out last week.

When asked on Monday what information was given to Anderson about the incident and by whom, Khan said, “Remember I have been in power for three-and-a-half years. I have connections with intelligence agencies and various agencies that work. How did I get the information? From within the intelligence agencies. Why? Because most people are appalled by what is happening in this country.

Last week, Pakistan’s intelligence agency said it had briefed Khan “about the threat” ahead of the rally. “The agency had already alerted the central government about the threat to the former prime minister, who in turn conveyed the same to the provincial government of Punjab,” the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said in a statement.

Video shows the moment Pakistan’s former prime minister was shot

The ISI also claimed that Khan’s security was under the authority of the Punjab provincial government led by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Last Friday, Khan accused corporate figures of a plot to kill him – a claim vehemently denied by ruling and security officials.

“As events are unfolding, they are in that speech. How will this happen, how will a religious fanatic kill me in the name of blasphemy and blame it on him. All this is in my speech that I will put on television – it is on social media,” he said on September 24. Referring to his speech that day, he outlined how the events of the shooting would play out.

When asked about his critics’ suggestions that blaming the current government for the attack would help Khan regain office, he replied, “I don’t need any reason to blame this government to come back to power.” His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has been popular since his ouster in April.

“They tried everything to somehow get me out of the way. When that didn’t happen, it was planned,” he added.

One person died and several others were injured in Thursday’s attack, while Khan was rushed to a hospital in Lahore for treatment after the shooting. Speaking from hospital on Friday, Khan blamed Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and senior intelligence officer Major General Faisal, without providing evidence. CNN reached out to three people for comment.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting denied Khan’s allegations against Sharif and Sanaullah at a news conference last week.

Pakistan’s military also called Khan’s claims “baseless and irresponsible” and “completely unacceptable and uncalled for”. In a statement on Friday night, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Khan’s allegations against the army and military officials were “highly regrettable and strongly condemnable”.

“Pakistan Army prides itself as a highly professional and disciplined organization, with a strong and highly effective internal accountability system, where illegal activities, if any, are committed by uniformed personnel,” the statement said.

“Nevertheless, the Company will jealously guard its officers and men if the honour, safety and dignity of its rank and files are marred by frivolous allegations,” it continued.

Earlier on Monday, CNN reported that Khan wrote to Pakistani President Arif Alvi saying his party has faced “ever-escalating false accusations, harassment, arrests and custodial torture” since Khan’s government was ousted from power in April.

A letter obtained by CNN from someone close to the former prime minister is dated November 6, three days after Khan survived the shooting.

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