Pakistan ex-PM Khan leaves hospital

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has been discharged from hospital, days after he narrowly escaped an assassination bid during a protest march.

Mr Khan, who was shot in the leg, was seen by local media being taken out of the hospital in a wheelchair.

Earlier, he announced he would resume the protest march against the government on Tuesday from the point where he was shot.

There were conflicting reports about Mr Khan’s injuries and the number of bullets that hit him. Nor is it yet clear how long it will take him to make a full recovery.

Mr Khan was leading a protest rally near the town of Wazirabad last Thursday, as part of his plan to march on the capital Islamabad to pressure the government to call snap elections, when the gun attack came.

He has blamed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a top general from the intelligence agency for the attack on him and said they all must resign for impartial investigations.

Immediately after the attack, police arrested a suspect who had confessed to shooting at Mr Khan in a bid to kill him.

However, police have been reluctant to register a case of the incident because Mr Khan wanted to implicate a senior military officer, meaning he would have to be arrested and investigated.

Mr Khan – a former star cricketer – came to power after a controversial victory in general elections in 2018 that were tainted by allegations of manipulation by the country’s powerful military in his favour.

He was removed by a vote of no confidence in parliament in April.

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