- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been shot and lightly wounded in the leg, in an attack on his protest march in the country’s east.
- One of Khan’s supporters was killed in the shooting in Wazirabad, officials say. Several officials of Khan’s PTI party were also injured.
- Current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered the interior minister to seek an immediate investigation.
- Khan, who has been taken to hospital for medical treatment, was leading a protest march on the capital, Islamabad, to demand snap elections.
Here are the latest updates: By Federica Marsi Updated at 19:00 EAT on Thursday November 2022
Khan stable and conscious: Doctor
The head of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital has said Khan is in stable conditions and conscious.
Speaking to reporters, Faisal Sultan said there were bullet fragments in the PTI leader’s leg and his tibia bone was chipped.
“This is only the initial assessment, and we are taking him to the operation theatre for detailed evaluation,” he said.
Sultan added that a four-member medical board had been formed to monitor and evaluate Khan’s health.
Pakistani army condemns ‘firing incident’
The Pakistani army has issued a statement saying the “firing incident” at the protest march “was highly condemnable”.
“Sincere prayers for precious life lost and speedy recovery and well being of Chairman PTI Mr Imran Khan and all those injured in this unfortunate incident,” it said.
Suspect says Khan ‘misled people’ in purported footage of shooting
TV channels have run footage purportedly showing Khan’s suspected shooter with a handgun being grabbed from behind by one of the people at the gathering before he tried to flee.
The gunman, who looked to be in his twenties or thirties, said he wanted to kill Khan and had acted alone.
“He [Khan] was misleading the people, and I couldn’t bear it,” the suspect said in the video.
The information minister confirmed the footage was recorded by police.
Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told Reuters that “if the shooter had not been stopped by people there, the entire PTI leadership would have been wiped out.”
He added that the incident “was a clear assassination attempt.”
Arrested gunman says Khan was only target
Pakistani police have released a video of a gunman who was arrested at the scene of Kahn’s shooting.
The suspect, identified as Faisal Butt by Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, allegedly confessed and said he had acted alone.
“Only Imran Khan was my target,” the suspect said.
It was not clear under what conditions he made his statement.
Khan supporter killed in shooting: Official
Syed Ali Zafar, a senator and senior PTI leader, says one of Khan’s supporters was killed in the shooting.
“One person has been killed and my heart goes out to the family. He was a participant in this peaceful march,” he told Al Jazeera.
Ali Zafar described the shooting as “a very tragic, sad and horrible incident” that “shocked the nation”.
“The ex-prime minister is stable and has just checked in to the hospital. He is apparently alright but nonetheless the issue is very serious – it can have very serious repercussions in the future politics of Pakistan,” he said.
He added that the other senior party leaders who were also wounded were “stable and as fine as possible in the circumstances”.
District police officer Ghazanfar Ali said one person was killed and nine others were wounded in the attack.