The former star of the cricket Imran Khan became prime minister in 2018 after his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won legislative elections on a platform that combines social reform, anti-corruption and religious conservatism.
Khan said a protest march to the capital would resume tomorrow after it stopped after she was injured. Khan spoke from Shaukat Khanum Hospital, sitting in a wheelchair with his right leg raised with bandages. Khan reiterated his call for an investigation into the shooting and the resignation of three powerful government and military figures allegedly involved in the attack.
Khan said the march will resume from Wazirabad. His protest march, which began on October 28, was peaceful until Thursday’s attack. He added that the march will take 10 to 15 days to reach Rawalpindi, where convoys from other parts of the country are expected to join the march.
Khan said his supporters’ march to the capital to demand early elections, which was interrupted by the attack, will resume on Tuesday but will not join in person as he was still recovering from his injury. He said it would be held in contact with the main participants in the march through a media link and eventually would lead the “Bahr of People “to Islamabad.
Khan welcomed the government’s offer to form a judicial committee to investigate the attack on him. This has arrived in a video recording in direct on social media from a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where Khan is receiving treatment after being shot in a protest three days ago. The government announced it would investigate the incident. The shooting raised concerns about growing political instability in Pakistan, which has a history of political violence and murder. Analysts believe Khan’s assassination attempt and allegations brought Pakistan in a “dangerous phase”. “This is a precarious situation, not only for the democratic process, but also for the country, above all in terms of economic development, “said political analyst Tasif Ahmed Khan, who is also a member of the office of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission.