Former Pakistani Prime Minister shot


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Avery Campbell, Reporter

  Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was shot on November 3, 2022. An official of Khan’s party explained that the bullet punctured his foot and was an assassination attempt. The shooting took place at a rally to press for early elections and call for the resignation of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

 According to Senior Politician Senator Fawad Chaudhry, Imran is currently stable and undergoing surgery.

   At least one person was reported dead at the rally, but this victim’s name remains confidential. Police have a suspect in custody that is believed to have been the shooter yet, the suspect insists he was acting alone. 

The shooting will probably lead to further tension due to Khan’s hope of resignation from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who led the campaign to remove him from office.

   “I was getting information that this was going to happen from beforehand,” Khan stated, according to Asad Umar, a fellow member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

    “These men need to be removed from their posts; if they are not removed, then there will be protests,” a statement from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf senator leader Umar explains, referring to the men marching.

Due to these building tensions between Khan and Ahebaz on October 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) strongly advised that Khan should be disqualified from holding political office for five years. This recommendation was believed to be made in an attempt to relieve political tensions in the country. 

   After analyzing this advice, the ECP’s chief Sikandar Sultan Raja says Khan was disqualified due to involvement in corrupt practices. The ECP based their decision on the idea that Khan had made false statements about the sale of gifts sent to him from leaders of Saudi Arabia and Dubai while still in office. This offense is illegal under the country’s constitution.