Imran Khan shot in the leg at a rally; lawmaker claims assassination attempt

Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the leg at a rally Thursday, according to an official from his party, which said the incident was an attempt on his life.

Asad Umar, the PTI leader, said: "Yes, he has been shot, there are pellets lodged in his leg, his bone has been chipped, he has also been shot in his thigh."

The former Pakistan cricketer apprehended outside the rally was taken to Lahore on a stretcher, about two-and-a-half hours away. He is now out of danger and in stable condition, Umar reported.

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The suspect was arrested on Thursday with a 9mm pistol and two unloaded magazines, police reported.

Khan was in the middle of a national tour calling on the election schedule to be moved from August of next year.

Protests took place in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, and other cities in Pakistan. Protestors blocked roads for about two hours and threw party flags and shouted slogans against the armed forces and the federal government.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and senior intelligence official, military attaché Faisal Naseer, were all behind the attack that took place Thursday.