Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says three bullets were taken from his right leg from the shooting that wounded him last week.
Khan survived the shooting at a political rally in Gujranwala on Thursday, an incident his party has called an assassination attempt.
In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson on Monday, Khan said, “They took three bullets out of my right leg. The left one had some shrapnel that they left inside.”
Khan said his bone has been damaged and his leg is in a cast, adding that it will take four to six weeks for him to resume normal activity.
From his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore, Khan said he had information from the intelligence agencies that the shooting that injured him last week would take place.
When asked by Anderson on Monday what information he had been given about the incident and by whom, Khan said: “Remember, three and a half years I was in power. I have connections with intelligence services, the various agencies that operate. How did I the information? From within the intelligence services. Why? Because most people are appalled by what is going on in this country.”
Last week, Pakistani intelligence said it had communicated “about the threat” to Khan ahead of the rally. “The organization had already brought the threat against the former prime minister to the attention of the federal government, which had communicated this to the Punjab provincial government,” the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said in a statement.
Video shows the moment the former Pakistani prime minister was shot
The ISI also said Khan’s security was under the authority of the Punjab provincial government, which is led by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Last Friday, Khan accused the establishment of a plot to kill him – a claim strongly denied by government and security officials.
“As events developed, they are included in that speech. How this would happen, how in the name of blasphemy some religious fanatic would kill me and they would blame him. All of this is in my speech that I put on television — it’s on social media,” he said, referring to a speech he gave on Sept. 24 in which he said he outlined how the events of the shooting would unfold .
When asked about suggestions by his critics that blaming the current government for the attack would help Khan return to office, he replied that he does not “need any reason to accuse this government that I can come back to power,” adding that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party remains popular since his ouster in April.
“They tried everything to somehow get me out of the way. When that didn’t happen, this was planned,” he added.
One person died in Thursday’s attack, which wounded several others, while Khan was taken to a hospital in Lahore for treatment after the shooting. Speaking from hospital on Friday, without providing evidence, Khan blamed Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal, who is a senior intelligence official. CNN contacted the three men for comment.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting rejected Khan’s allegations against Sharif and Sanaullah at a press conference last week.
Pakistan’s military has also hit back at Khan’s claims, calling them “baseless and irresponsible” and “absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for.” In a statement on Friday evening, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) called Khan’s allegations against the military and military officials “highly regrettable and strongly condemned.”
“The Pakistan Army prides itself on being an extremely professional and well-disciplined organization with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system that applies across the board to illegal acts, if any, by uniformed personnel,” the statement read.
“However, if its honor, security and prestige are tarnished by vested interests through frivolous allegations, the institution will jealously protect its officers and soldiers no matter what,” it continued.
CNN reported earlier Monday that Khan wrote a letter to Pakistani President Arif Alvi, saying that since Khan’s government was ousted in April, his party had faced “an ever-increasing level of false allegations, harassment, arrests and custodial torture.”
The letter, obtained by CNN from a source close to the former prime minister, is dated November 6, three days after Khan survived the shooting.