Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken about his assassination attempt last week.
The cricket legend survived with gunshot wounds to his legs after the failed attempt on his life, which he believes he “should not have survived”.
In an interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored, available to stream on Flash, the 70-year-old described the moment the bullets hit him.
“First it sounded like firecrackers and then my right leg buckled, because it was hit by these bullets. Initially it felt like a burning sensation,” he told the Sky News host.
“As I was hit on my leg and falling, and as I fell, and the firing stopped, then I realised I had been saved.
“I checked myself because I was numb in the beginning and I checked my body ‘where am I hit?’… I wasn’t bleeding too much.”
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The politician said he’s now recovering after being treated in hospital.
“I’ve had three bullets taken out from my right leg and some shrapnel in my left leg,” he said.
“So one of the bullets has fractured my shin bone, so that will take a bit of time. But I am recovering and glad – it could have been a lot worse.”
Last week, Khan and at least four others were wounded during a political rally while his supporters marched in the town of Wazirabad, around 200km from the capital Islamabad, to demand snap elections.
At least one person was reported to have died in the attack.
The gunman, who was arrested, reportedly said Khan was “misleading the people” and he had “tried my best to kill him”.
At the time of the attack, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party aides accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and intelligence official Major-General Faisal Naseer of being behind the attack.
Khan told Morgan the attack was a “plot” after the “unprecedented public reaction” rattled those who had removed him from office.
“So I think from then onwards, they expected my popularity of my party would go down. In fact, it went up. That’s when my life came in danger.”
– With The Sun