Islamabad: Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has revealed that his right leg has sustained significant and potentially permanent damage due to the assassination attempt that targeted him at a political rally five months ago.
Although the two bullet wounds on his thigh have healed, he disclosed to the media that the third bullet shattered his shin bone and caused nerve damage.
For those who are not aware, Imran Khan was targeted in an assassination attempt on November 3, 2022, while leading a protest march against the government in Wazirabad, Punjab. The assailant opened fire on him with a gun, injuring several other PTI leaders and fatally shooting one of his supporters.
According to a quote, Imran Khan stated that the nerve damage caused by the assassination attempt has been more problematic for him than the bullet wounds. He shared that he is still experiencing difficulty walking and does not have proper sensation in his right foot. However, he expressed hope that with time, the lasting effects would heal and go away, as advised by his doctor.
In other news, an Islamabad court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan in a case related to threats made against a judge. According to reports, Civil Judge Malik Aman rejected Khan’s petition seeking exemption from appearing in court for a hearing scheduled on Wednesday and ordered him to appear on April 18.
During the hearing, Khan’s legal team requested that his arrest warrant be kept bailable, citing security concerns as his life is in danger and the Islamabad High Court has withdrawn his security detail. The judge noted that the prosecution has yet to appear and respond to the request.
Ever since his removal in a no-confidence vote led by his successor Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in April of last year, the former cricketer-turned-politician has been facing a series of legal challenges. If convicted, he could face disqualification from politics for a period of up to five years.