Imran Khan fractures skull after falling off lift at election rally

 

The former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan fractured his skull and required hospital treatment after he fell from a fork-lift truck that was carrying him on to the stage at a packed rally.

The 60-year-old leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party fell up to 15ft (4.5m) from the fork-lift as he was being transported with two guards. Television footage showed the bloodied politician being carried away by supporters and being bundled into a vehicle before being taken to hospital in Lahore.

As hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital, Ijaz Chaudhry, an official with Mr Khan's party, told the Associated Press that the former sportsman's injuries were not life-threatening and that he had not lost consciousness.

Later, Mohammed Shafiq, the doctor who attended him said that Mr Khan received seven stitches for a six-inch long wound in the head. He said the cut was not deep.

"He is fully conscious and he was complaining of backache. He is fine, but he must have some rest for one or two days," Dr Shafiq added in comments broadcast on Pakistan's Geo News. Party leaders are set to meet today to discuss how to continue his campaign over the next three days.

Meanwhile, three bombings in north-west Pakistan targeting individuals involved in this weekend's election killed 18 people.

Two of the attacks targeted candidates from Islamist parties, indicating a new trend ahead of the country's election on May 11, which had only plagued secular parties before this week.

The death toll from attacks on candidates and party workers since the beginning of April now stands at more than 100.

In the deadlier of the three attacks, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying a candidate from a hardline Islamist party, killing 12 people and wounding 35, police said. It was the second attack on the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party in as many days.

In the village of Babagam in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, a roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying a local leader of the Pakistan People's Party. The blast killed the leader, Zahir Shah, along with two of his guards and two supporters. Mr Shah was in the area campaigning for his brother.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to the Associated Press.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?