December 4, 2022

CNN —

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan says three bullets ripped out of his right leg in the shooting that injured him last week.

Khan survived the shooting at a political rally in Gujranwala on Thursday, an incident his party has described as an assassination.

In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson on Monday, Khan said: “They removed three bullets from my right leg. The left had some shrapnel they left inside.”

Khan said his bone was damaged and his leg is in a cast, adding it will be four to six weeks before he can resume normal activity.

Speaking from his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore, Khan said he had information from intelligence agencies that the shooting that injured him last week was taking place.

Asked by Anderson on Monday what information he had received about the incident and from whom, Khan said: “Think of it, I was in power for three and a half years. I have ties to intelligence agencies, the various agencies that operate. How did I get the information? From the secret services. Why? Because most people are appalled by what is happening in this country.”

Last week, Pakistani intelligence said it briefed Khan “about the threat” ahead of the rally. “The organization had already raised awareness of the threat posed to the former prime minister by the federal government, which had communicated this to the Punjab provincial government,” Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said in a statement.

The ISI also said Khan’s security is under the provincial government of Punjab, which is led by Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI).

Last Friday, Khan accused establishment figures of conspiring to kill him – a claim that government and security officials have vigorously denied.

“As events unfolded, they are in this speech. How that would happen, how in the name of blasphemy some religious fanatic would kill me and they would blame him. All of this is in my speech that I’m showing on TV — it’s on social media,” he said, referring to a speech he gave on September 24 in which he said he outlined how the events of the shooting would develop.

When asked for suggestions from his critics that blaming the current government for the attack would help Khan get back into office, he replied that he “needed no reason to blame this government for me to come back.” come to power,” he added. His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has remained popular since its ouster in April.

“They tried everything to somehow get me out of the way. When that didn’t happen, this was planned,” he added.

One person died in Thursday’s attack, which injured several others, while Khan was taken to a hospital in Lahore for treatment after the shooting. Khan spoke out of the hospital on Friday without providing evidence, blaming Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal, a senior intelligence official. CNN is reaching out to the three men for comment.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting dismissed Khan’s allegations against Sharif and Sanaullah at a press conference last week.

The Pakistani military has also hit back at Khan’s claims, calling them “baseless and irresponsible” and “absolutely unacceptable and inappropriate”. In a statement Friday night, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) called Khan’s allegations against the military and military officials “highly regrettable and strongly condemned.”

“The Pakistan Army prides itself on being a highly professional and disciplined organization with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system that applies universally to unlawful acts, if any, committed by uniformed personnel,” the statement said.

“However, when the honor, security and reputation of its base are tarnished by frivolous accusations by interest groups, the institution will jealously protect its officers and soldiers no matter what,” she continued.

CNN reported earlier Monday that Khan wrote a letter to Pakistani President Arif Alvi, saying that since Khan’s government was removed from power in April, his party has been faced with “an ever-increasing level of false accusations, harassment, Arrests and torture in detention”.

The letter, obtained by CNN from a source close to the former prime minister, is dated November 6, three days after Khan survived the shooting.