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Long March, day 7: Imran Khan and two PTI leaders suffer injuries, one man dead in assassination attempt on PTI chief

One killed, seven injured during attack on PTI's long march; Khan is currently being treated at Shaukat Khanum hospital

By Web Desk
November 03, 2022

A screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan being evacuated in a bulletproof vehicle after a man opened fire at the container. — YouTube Screengrab via Geo News
A screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan being evacuated in a bulletproof vehicle after a man opened fire at the container. — YouTube Screengrab via Geo News

PTI Chairman Imran Khan was injured after a man opened fire at him in Gujranwala near the party's reception camp, sending the nearby participants of the long march into a panic.

The former prime minister sustained injuries on his leg and has been shifted to a hospital for treatment, Geo News reported, however, the location is unknown for safety concerns.

The PTI chairman is leading an anti-government long march toward Islamabad. He earlier said that the protest march will continue for another 10 months till the date for elections is announced.

Before this announcement, the plan was to reach the federal capital by November 4. It was later revised to November 8-9 and then again revised to November 11. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry then announced the party will keep changing the dates to "tire the government out".

This is the PTI chair's second march towards Islamabad after he was ousted via a no-confidence motion earlier this year.

The political instability in Pakistan has also fuelled economic uncertainty, with international rating agencies questioning if the current government can maintain difficult economic policies in the face of political pressure and looming elections.

For previous updates from Pakistan on PTI's long march click here.

November 4, 2022

OIC condemns assassination attempt on Imran Khan

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday condemned the gunfire assault on Chairman PTI Imran Khan that left him and several people including party leaders wounded.

Leading his anti-government protest rally toward Islamabad, Imran Khan stood atop his container moving towards a prominent point in Wazirabad to make a speech when he came under attack.

According to a report, the attack left a man dead and 11 others injured. The PTI chief is wounded with two gunshot injuries to his leg.

The organisation's General Secretariat expressed solidarity with Pakistan, saying the body of Islamic countries stands by Pakistan against any threat to its stability and security.

In its message, the OIC reiterated its firm position against all forms of violence, extremism, and terrorism, regardless of their forms and motives.

The organisation extended heartfelt wishes to Pakistan and its people for their stability and prosperity. A statement from the General Secretariat stated that the OIC stands by Pakistan against any threats to its security and stability.

4:15:am: Two bullets hit Imran Khan: Dr Yasmin

PTI leader Dr Yasmin Rashid said on Friday that Chairman PTI Imran Khan received gunshot injuries with two bullets in his leg.

The medico-legal procedure of Imran Khan has been completed, the PTI Central Punjab president said, speaking to the media at the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore in the early hours of Friday. 

1:15am: Police find 11 bullet cases from crime scene:  report

Police and other security agencies have completed the initial investigation of the gunfire attack on Imran Khan's container.

There are 11 bullet cases recovered from the crime scene, including nine pistol bullets and two large firearm bullets, states the police report.

The report says pistol bullets were fired at the container from underneath while larger bullets were shot from the container.

The youth Muazzam Qaiser, who lost his life, was trying to capture the accused, the report said. It added that the deceased received a gunshot to his head that killed him on the spot.

The report said that at least 13 people were wounded in the incident. Four individuals received gunshot injuries while the nature of the injuries of the rest of the people is different.

According to the report, PTI leader Faisal Javed is not among those injured by gunshot. He has a minor injury on his face, it added.

11:58pm — British foreign secretary calls attack on Imran Khan 'regrettable'

UK's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly has said that the attack on Imran Khan is "regrettable."

In a statement, the foreign secretary said that it was condemnable that the PTI's convoy was attacked which also lead to the loss of one life.

"We express sympathy with all the victims of the attack," he said, adding that "there is no room for violence in politics".

11:35pm — Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ attempt of assassination of Imran Khan

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “strongly condemns and denounces the attempted assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

11:05pm — PTI calls for nationwide shutter-down strike

PTI Trader’s wing announced a nationwide shutter-down strike tomorrow (November 4) in wake of an attack on party chief Imran Khan.

Condemning the incident, Focal person Nasir Salman said attackers have crossed their red line [Imran Khan].

11:00pm — White House condemns attack 

The White House said it "strongly" condemns the attack on PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

"The United States strongly condemns the attack on Imran Khan and his supporters and hopes for the swift recovery of all who were injured," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

10:40pm — Punjab Assembly speaker summons session tomorrow at 3pm

Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan summoned an emergency session tomorrow (Friday) at 3pm.

Earlier, the session was adjourned till November 16; however, following an attack on PTI Chairman Imran Khan a session has been summoned tomorrow to present a condemnation resolution. 

10:37pm — PEMRA barns TV channels from airing Asad Umar's presser

9:22pm — Incident must be investigated swiftly, transparently: HRCP

9:20pm — Imran Khan is out of danger: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

9:15pm — Marriyum Aurangzeb urges incident shouldn't be politicised

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned the attack on Khan in Gujranwala, demanding a thorough investigation into the incident.

“The incident is very unfortunate and condemnable. It should not be politicised and speculations must be avoided,” she said while addressing a press conference in the capital.

Marriyum said the Punjab Police as well as the administration and other relevant departments should bring forth the facts after investigating the incident which occurred within the jurisdiction of the Punjab government.

9:08PM — CM Elahi takes strict notice of suspect's video leak

Taking strict notice of the video leak containing a confessional statement of the suspect in police custody who allegedly opened fire on Imran Khan in Gujranwala, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi suspended the entire staff of the concerned police station.

The province's chief minister directed the IG Punjab to launch an inquiry into the audio leak and take strict disciplinary action against irresponsible officials.

Mobile phones of the entire staff of the concerned police station have been confiscated, CM Elahi said, adding that a forensic audit of the phones will be conducted.

8:25pm — Asad Umar claims Khan suspects govt top brass behind attack

PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar Thursday claimed party chief Imran Khan — who is currently admitted in Shaukat Khanum Hospital — suspects top brass of government behind the attack.

In a video message, Umar said that Khan believes three people are behind the assassination attempt on him — Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a senior military officer.

Read story here.

8:13pm — Today’s unfortunate incident requires high-level investigation: Rana Sanauallah

8:08pm — Expert team treating Imran Khan: Dr Faisal Sultan

8:05pm — VIDEO: Protests erupt across Pakistan

8:01pm — ‘Completely unacceptable’: Justin Trudeau decries attack on Imran Khan

7:57pm — VIDEO: Statement of the person who stopped the attacker

7:55pm — Fawad Chaudhry calls it ‘well-planned assassination attempt’

7:42pm — 'Heinous': Attack on Imran Khan draws strong condemnation from celebrities, cricketers

Celebrities and athletes condemned the incident and sent well wishes to PTI Chairman Imran Khan after a man shot at him during the long march rally in Gujranwala.

Read complete story here.

7:35pm — CM Punjab pays visit to Imran Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi arrived at Shaukat Khanum Hospital to visit PTI Chairman Imran Khan and inquire about his well-being.

The chief minister vowed to hold the attacker accountable while praying for Khan’s speedy recovery.

Long March, day 7: Imran Khan and two PTI leaders suffer injuries, one man dead in assassination attempt on PTI chief

7:28pm — Bushra Bibi arrives at Shaukat Khanum Hospital

PTI Chairman Imran Khan's wife arrives at Shaukat Khanum Hospital to inquire about her husband's health.

7:25pm — Jemima Goldsmith thanks God for ex-husband's safety 

7:20pm — ‘Attacker had automatic pistol’

Ibtisam – the man who foiled the assassination attempt on PTI Chairman Imran Khan — claimed that the attacker wasn’t prepared and had an automatic pistol.

He lamented not catching the attacker before he opened fire.

7:10pm — VIDEO: Exclusive footage of Imran Khan's container 

7:02pm — Fawad Chaudhry call it well-planned assassination attempt on Imran Khan

6:59pm — Pakistan Army 'highly condemns' firing incident

The Pakistan Army has "highly condemned" the firing incident during PTI's long march near Gujranwala.

According to Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), the military offered sincere prayers for precious life lost and the speedy recovery and well-being of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and all those injured in this unfortunate incident.

6:52pm — Asif Ali Zardari demands full investigation of firing incident

Former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari condemned the incident, urging authorities concerned to conduct a full investigation.

Zardari also prayed for the speedy recovery of Khan.

6:31pm — Imran Khan shifted to Shaukat Khanum Hospital

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been shifted to Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Lahore, as he was in stable condition after being shot in the foot.

Khan has been leading a march since Friday from the city of Lahore towards the capital, Islamabad, campaigning for fresh elections after being ousted from office in April.

6:18pm — WATCH: Suspected attackers’ confession video

The suspected attacker in his initial confession video claimed PTI Chairman Imran Khan was misleading people due to which he attacked the former prime minister.

“I only tried to kill Khan,’ he said, adding that he had planned this since PTI’s long march started from Lahore.

The suspected attacker further revealed that he had no backing and he acted alone.

4:35pm — Imran Khan sustains injury on right leg, being shifted to hospital

PTI Chairman Imran Khan sustained an injury on their right leg after being shot by a man who opened burst fire on Khan's container near Allahwala Chowk in Gujranwala.

According to Geo News, Khan has been shifted to hospital after being evacutaed in a bulletproof vehicle. 

4:20pm — Several injured as man opens fire near Imran Khan’s reception camp

Several people were injured after a man opened fire near PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s reception camp at Allahwala Chowk.

According to police sources, chaotic scenes broke out near Khan's reception camp at Allahwala Chowk in Gujranwala after gunshots were fired by a person on Khan's container.

Sources told Geo News that the person who fired the gunshots has been arrested.

As per reports Khan was inside his container, and was injured. He was later evacuated in a bulletproof vehicle.

Khan sustained an injury on his right leg which was bandage as per the exclusive footage available with Geo News.