Imran Khan wounded in shooting

ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was wounded in the shin on Thursday during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad in an apparent assassination attempt.

An aide said Khan, 70, the former Pakistan cricket captain was not in any danger and had been taken to hospital.

“A man opened fire with an automatic weapon,” Asad Umar told Reuters. “Several people are wounded. Imran Khan is also injured.”

A male suspect was later arrested, according to Geo TV.

Khan was leading a protest march on Islamabad to demand snap elections after he was ousted.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered the interior minister to seek an immediate investigation.

Last month, Pakistan’s election commission disqualified Khan from holding public office in a case he described as politically motivated.

He had been accused of incorrectly declaring details of gifts from foreign dignitaries and proceeds from their alleged sale. The gifts included Rolex watches, a ring and a pair of cuff links.

(Agencies)

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