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Imran falls off lift at rally, hurts head

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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  • Updated: May 08, 2013 10:43 IST

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan was injured in the head when he fell off a mechanical lift while being raised to a stage in Lahore on Tuesday. He was seen bleeding and in a semi-conscious state as he was rushed away from the scene of the accident. TV footage showed him tumbling down along with three or four personal body guards on a pick-up truck.

Witness Raza Zaidi said Khan was being lifted on a crane with five people but lost his balance and fell when a sixth one tried to climb up. Khan hit the lifter before falling on the ground.

The rally was held near Ghalib Market in Lahore's Gulberg neighbourhood. Doctors said that he is out of danger.

In the meantime, political violence continued in Pakistan with the death toll exceeding over 200 since the campaigning started in the country last month with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan widening the net of those it is targeting, including the right-wing Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam Fazlur Rehman faction in its attacks.

On Tuesday, a blast during an election campaign of the JUI-F killed at least 11 people in Hangu. A roadside blast on the same day during a Pakistan People's Party rally killed six in Lower Dir.

(With inputs from AFP)

 

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