Who is Imran Khan? Former Pakistan prime minister shot in ‘assassination attempt’

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According to local reports, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan along with his supporters has been shot in an apparent assassination attempt during a march in Islamabad.

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A senior aide told AFP news agency it was an “attempt to kill him”, but police have yet to confirm that he was the target.

At least four other people were injured in the shooting when an unidentified gunman opened fire on a vehicle carrying Mr Khan as he was passing through Wazirabad, which is about 110 miles southeast of Islamabad. telegraph report,


According to local news channels, shots were fired near the convoy carrying Mr Khan, 70, when he led a protest march in East Punjab province.

The former prime minister was on the march to call for mid-term elections, after being removed from office in April.

After the attack, he was taken to the hospital and according to his supporters, his injuries are minor.

Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party called the attack an “attempt to murder”, and said leader Faisal Javed was also injured in the attack.

Imran Ismail, a member of the party, said Mr Khan was shot in the leg “three to four times” by an AK-47-wielding assailant.

According to The TelegraphFarooq Habib of Mr Khan’s party said: “Imran Khan is injured, may Allah protect him, the whole country should pray for Imran Khan’s life.”

But who is Imran Khan? Here’s everything you need to know.

Who is Imran Khan?

Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, 70, is a Pakistani former cricketer and politician who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan from August 2018 to April 2022, when he was ousted via a motion of no-confidence.

Born in Lahore in 1952, Khan’s paternal family is of Pashtun caste and belongs to the Niazi tribe.

He grew up with four sisters in an upper-middle-class family and was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, England, before attending Cable College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics, graduating in 1975.

Khan made his Test debut in 1971 against England at Edgbaston and returned to Pakistan in 1976, where he secured a permanent place in the national team.

In 1982, he took over the captaincy of the team until his retirement.

On April 25, 1996, Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and ran for a seat in the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1997 as a PTI candidate from two constituencies – Mianwali and Lahore – but Failed and lost both seats.

In later years he participated again in the 2002 Pakistan general election, during which he was elected to Mianwali.

In 2018, Khan was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and during his victory speech, he said that his inspiration was to build the country as a humanitarian state based on the principles of the First Islamic State of Medina.

Mr Khan has been married three times, first to British socialite Jemima Goldsmith. Her second, short-lived marriage was to British Pakistani journalist Reham Khan.

His current wife is Bushra Bibi Khan, whom he married for six months before taking office as Prime Minister.

They have three children, two sons and a daughter.

Source: www.standard.co.uk

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