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Imran discharged from hospital, says ‘Long March’ to resume on Tuesday


A convoy of vehicles carrying Imran Khan leaves from a hospital in Lahore on Sunday. AFP

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan left hospital on Sunday, a senior aide said, three days after being shot in the legs in a failed assassination attempt.

The shooting - and Imran's accusation that his successor Shahbaz Sharif was involved - have significantly raised the political temperature in a country that has been on the boil since he was ousted in April.

Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporter that Imran "has been discharged" and a local TV channel showed him wearing a blue hospital gown as he left the Lahore clinic by wheelchair.

Earlier on Sunday, Imran Khan has said that a protest march toward the capital suspended after he was wounded by a gunshot in an apparent attempt on his life will resume on Tuesday.

Imran repeated his demand for an investigation into the shooting and the resignation of three powerful personalities in the government and the military whom he alleges were involved in staging the attack on him.

Imran, 70, was wounded by gunfire aimed at his open-top container truck as he led a political party convoy through thick crowds in the eastern city of Wazirabad on Thursday.

One man is in custody following the attack, which government officials have said was the work of a lone gunman and "a very clear case of religious extremism."

In an apparent confession video leaked by police to media, the sole suspect said he tried to kill Imran because his convoy was interrupting the call to prayer.

Imran, however, insists two shooters were involved and has  claimed Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a senior intelligence officer were behind the plot.



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