The former prime minister of Pakistan escapes the assassination attempt
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The former prime minister of Pakistan escapes the assassination attempt

The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has been shot.

A gunman opened fire on the vehicle carrying Pakistan’s former prime minister, slightly injuring several of his supporters, a senior leader from his party said.

Party official Asad Umar said Khan was wounded in the leg and was not seriously injured.

“He is being taken to a hospital in Lahore but is not seriously injured. A bullet hit him in the leg,” Umar told reporters. According to the Ministry of Interior, the Pakistani Government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

The identity of the person who shot Khan is still unknown, but he was arrested at the scene.

No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

According to police, the attack took place in Wazirabad district in eastern Punjab province, where Khan was traveling in a large motorcade heading towards the capital, Islamabad, as part of his campaign to force the current government to hold early elections.

The promise for this “long march” towards Islamabad was given by Khan on the day he was banned from holding public office for five years.

On October 21, Pakistan’s top election court barred the former prime minister from holding public office for the next five years. Khan’s party, Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said the decision would be challenged in the high court.

The demonstrations started in the capital Islamabad, then spread to the cities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, as well as other cities and districts.