Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has hailed the man who foiled the assassination attempt and apprehended the gunman during his long march as the country’s ‘hero’.
Lahore,UPDATED: November 5, 2022 11:39 PM IST
Ibtisam, the man who captured Imran Khan’s attacker.
By Press Trust of India: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who survived an assassination attempt, has hailed the man who foiled the attack and apprehended the gunman during his long march in Punjab province as the country’s ‘hero’.
Khan, 70, suffered a bullet injury in the right leg on Thursday when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others climbing onto a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, where he led a protest march against the Shehbaz Sharif Government.
A day later on Friday, Khan met Ibtisam, who thwarted the attack and arrested the gunman during the march, at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, where he is being treated for the gunshot wounds that had gone through his lower limbs and caused a fracture, the That reports. Geo news.
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“You are the hero of Pakistan. You have shown tremendous courage. It felt very nice,” Khan told Ibtisam.
The chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also signed an autograph for his rescuer on the same shirt he was wearing when he arrested the gunman who is currently in custody by the Punjab police.
Meanwhile, Khan’s ex-wives have also condemned the assassination attempt.
The cricketer turned politician has been married three times. His previous two marriages ended in divorce.
His first marriage was to Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire, in 1995, which lasted 9 years. Khan has two sons from her. His second marriage to TV presenter Reham Khan in 2015 ended after 10 months.
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In 2018, Khan married his “spiritual guide” Bushra Maneka for the third time.
Goldsmith, Khan’s ex-wife, expressed relief that her former husband is stable after the assassination attempt. She also called Ibtisam a “hero”. She also conveyed their sons’ gratitude to the man who caught the attacker.
“The news we’re afraid of… Thank God he’s okay. And thanks from his sons to the heroic man in the crowd who went after the shooter,” tweeted Goldsmith, 48, who divorced Khan in 2004.
Reham Khan tweeted: “Firing at PTI chairman Imran Khan and other party members is shocking and reprehensible. The safety of public events for all our politicians must be ensured by provincial/federal law enforcement and our agencies.”