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Former Pakistani PM injured in Punjab attack: NPR


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks April 23 during a press conference in Islamabad.

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Former Pakistani PM injured in Punjab attack: NPR

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks April 23 during a press conference in Islamabad.

Rahmat Gul/AP

ISLAMABAD — A gunman opened fire on a container truck carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, lightly wounding him and some of his supporters, a senior party and police official said.

Party official Asad Umar said Khan suffered a foot injury and was not seriously injured.

The attack happened in Wazirabad district in the eastern province of Punjab. Khan was traveling in a large convoy of trucks and cars heading for the capital, Islamabad, as part of his campaign to force the government to hold a snap election.

Khan was later seen with a bandage on his foot. He was moved to another vehicle from his container truck, from where announcements were made that he was safe. Some of his Tehreek-e-Insaf party supporters were also injured, according to the announcement.

The attack came less than a week after Khan began his march from Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, with thousands of supporters. Since being ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament in April, Khan has alleged his ousting was a plot orchestrated by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States – claims that the new prime minister and Washington have denied.


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