Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan was injured Thursday after an unidentified gunman opened fire at a rally, according to an official from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
A bullet hit Khan in his foot, PTI senior leader Asad Umar said.
The former Pakistan cricket captain was taken from the rally site just outside the town of Gujranwallah to receive treatment in Lahore. At least three other people were injured by gunfire. The extent of the other injuries is not yet known.
On October 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recommended that Khan be disqualified from holding political office for five years, a move likely to further inflame political tensions in the country.
While reading out the recommendation, ECP chief Sikandar Sultan Raja stated that Khan was disqualified for being involved in “corrupt practices.”
The commission said its decision was based on the grounds that Khan had “made false statements” regarding the declaration of the sale of gifts sent to him by the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Dubai while in office – an offense that is illegal under the country’s constitution.
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