After suffering fall, Imran issues video message

Published: May 7, 2013

Imran Khan (in blue) falls as guards and supporters try to climb aboard the lift he is standing on. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA

Imran Khan (in blue) falls as guards and supporters try to climb aboard the lift he is standing on. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA TV screengrab of Imran Khan on a stretcher. PHOTO: EXPRESS TV Screenshot captures Imran Khan tumbling off the lifter. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan suffered injuries as he fell off a lifter while being raised onto a stage, Express News reported on Tuesday. The election rally was being held in Gulberg, near Ghalib market.

A few hours after the fall, Imran reportedly announced that planned rallies will be held as per schedule, but the party later announced that all events scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled.

According to the head of Shaukat Khanum Dr Faisal, the PTI chairman had suffered from head injury but was in his senses and recognising everyone though a report will be issued after detailed tests, PTI’s official twitter account confirmed.

CT scans revealed that he had suffered minor fractures in the skull.

However, Imran was not immediately rushed to the hospital he had helped built. He was first taken to Jinnah Hospital to receive first aid. Doctors there comforted Imran’s supporters and well-wishers, asking them to stay calm as the PTI chairman was out of danger.

“His [Imran] head suffered two injuries and there was one back injury,” Doctor Shafiq told Express News adding that the PTI chairman had also received stitches. “He was fully conscious and could move his legs and feet which is a good sign. There was no neurological damage.”

“It is an external injury only but Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and further x-rays will confirm this.”

Doctors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) after medically examining Imran, adviced him to take two weeks of bed rest.

Briefing the mdedia, Dr Faisal Sultan of SKMCH said that the condition of the PTI chief was quite stable but he will remain in the hospital overnight.

Message from hospital

Later in a video message from his hospital bed, Imran urged his supporters to get out on May 11 and vote for his party.

With a stitched wound above his left eye and brace around his neck, Imran said he had done what he could.  ”Now I want you to take responsibility. If you want to change your desitny, I want you to take responsibility.”

In the two minute long video, he said that he has not done any favours on anyone and it was his duty to do what he did. But that if people wanted to change the way the country works, they will have to go out and vote on May 11.

“Do not look at the candidate but look at the vision and the party ticket.

14 foot fall

Imran along with three security guards was being raised onto a 20 foot tall stage via lifter.

Standing on a wooden platform, Imran was gripped by his guards. Midway another of his security guards tried to climb aboard the platform. This made the platform unbalanced and caused the five to tip over, somersault through the air and land on the roof of the lifter before falling on to the ground.

“He [Imran] first fell on to the roof of the lifter, and then fell to the ground,” the driver of the vehicle said.

As a result of the fall, the PTI Chairman received a head injury. He was seen bleeding, in a semi-conscious state as he was rushed away from the site of the accident.

The three security personnel were also injured as the group fell off the lifter.

Imran was initially transported to Jinnah hospital and was later shifted to Shaukat Khanum hospital, heavily strapped and with his head covered in bandages and his neck in a head brace.

“Imran Khan is alright. He has been taken to the hospital for first aid. He will be back to address the rally very soon after getting initial treatment,” PTI spokesperson Chaudhry Rizwan told AFP via telephone shortly after the incident.

Shortly after, a number of PTI members confirmed that Imran was conscious and out of danger including singer Abrarul Haq PTI Chairman and his ex-wife Jemima Khan.

Imran was supposed to address nine rallies in total today, from Ghalib stadium he was headed to Raiwind for a rally and then back again to Lahore.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief in his rally in Rawalpindi called for prayers for the swift recovery of Imran Khan and cancelled its events planned for Wednesday. The Muttahida  Qaumi Movement (MQM) cancelled its election events scheduled for Tuesday.

The President, Chief Election Commissioner, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Tahirul Qadri, Shahbaz Sharif and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have all expressed their sympathy over Imran’s injury and prayed for his swift recovery.

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Reader Comments (211)

  • Nadeem
    May 7, 2013 - 10:36PM

    May Allah bless you khan Saheb.
    Wish u a speedy recovery sir!

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  • daactar
    May 7, 2013 - 10:37PM

    OH MY LORD move the forces of this earth to protect this man for his heart beats with the hearts of 200 million!cryin for his recovery!

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  • Tiger of ranthampur
    May 7, 2013 - 10:51PM

    Imran, get well soon. But if a leader couldn’t climb 25 ft, how would he could take this nation to the heights, he is promising for? Some of you may be irritated due to emotion, but you will realize it after 5 years when this nation will go down further, in case of PTI would get majority….

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  • Jimmy
    May 7, 2013 - 10:52PM

    Get well soon

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  • leftist
    May 7, 2013 - 11:25PM

    May Allah grant him good health, high spirits and success Aameen

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  • Final Solution
    May 7, 2013 - 11:27PM

    My question for PTI supporters:
    How would you feel if at this time people start to say that Imran Khan has done this deliberately in order to gain sympathy? The way you said for MQM when it lifts coffins everyday.
    Honest replies would be appreciated instead of mud slinging.
    Even though I’m not a PTI supporter I wish Imran Khan a speedy recovery.Recommend

  • lily
    May 7, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Ya allah please make Imran recover he is truly a man of god may Allah bless for he has worked very hard for a vote may allah bless him

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  • lily
    May 7, 2013 - 11:33PM

    Ya allah please make Imran recover he is truly a man of god may Allah bless for he has worked very hard for a vote may allah bless him like e said i will wash all bad pti leaders in the washing mashine get well soon inshallah my hero. Yo inshallah will go to heaven thanks to Allah you survived the fall see allah works his wonders

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  • lily
    May 7, 2013 - 11:36PM

    @FN:
    Every one will route for you everyone pray for him in your duas all the time i am a child and i was crying badly.

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  • Ek tha Kashmiri
    May 7, 2013 - 11:40PM

    My eyes full of tears for great Khan!!God bless him.

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  • Rizwan
    May 7, 2013 - 11:40PM

    I hope we all remain united and focused. Get well soon IK!

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  • May 7, 2013 - 11:41PM

    Get wel sööön my hero…LOVE U….PTI zindabad

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  • Riz
    May 7, 2013 - 11:49PM

    Literally cried for this man. :(

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  • Bling
    May 7, 2013 - 11:59PM

    I hope Imran Khan gets well soon. Inshallah.

    Ameen.

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  • adnan
    May 7, 2013 - 11:59PM

    yah allah protect IK.

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  • M Sohaib khan mahsud
    May 8, 2013 - 12:14AM

    Insha Allah Imran khan will be a member of the parliment govt officially resposibilty for initiating bussines in parliment of pakistan….and he will work for the change…
    May Allah bless the great imran khan Good Health of the coming finel Match..

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  • Final Solution
    May 8, 2013 - 12:15AM

    Plus how would anti malala PTI supporters feel if someone said to them that Imran Khan didn’t suffer from head injury he’s faking it.Recommend

  • akhtar tak
    May 8, 2013 - 12:17AM

    How ? Who is responsible

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  • saqibtahir
    May 8, 2013 - 12:29AM

    Using a fork lifter with unsecured platform is a pinnacle of stupidity. In a civilized world even a zoo will not use this technique to lift an animal and look in The Land of the Pure they used it for a national leader. This is Naya pakistan.

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  • Asif
    May 8, 2013 - 12:30AM

    He will be fine, inshallah!!!!!

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  • Uzaib
    May 8, 2013 - 12:40AM

    Please guys for a moment forget your are Sindhi, Punjabi, Mahajir, Baloch or Pathan. Think as a Pakistani and vote for balla. Imran Khan has given his everything for a better Pakistan. Please give him a chance, lets make a Naya Pakistan. Atleast now noone should have an ounce of doubt on his sincerety! Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Karan
    May 8, 2013 - 12:40AM

    Very sad … may god bless him

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  • M Zubair Aziz
    May 8, 2013 - 12:48AM

    I’m not his support but I pray for his rapid recovery. May ALLAH give him good health.

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  • Temur
    May 8, 2013 - 12:49AM

    Get well soon kaptan, the downtrodden people of this country need you…

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  • vatican city
    May 8, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Hope IK has a speedy recovery but I think it was not a good idea for him to go on such a risky lifting thing in the first place. Can’t be that careless next time.

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  • Z
    May 8, 2013 - 1:00AM

    @saqibtahir: This is the Pakistan we’ve inherited from PML and PPP. It’s just a blip on the road toward Naya Pakistan inshallah.

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  • Aftab Hussain
    May 8, 2013 - 1:14AM

    Love you IK. Vote for PTI

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  • FN
    May 8, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Just a few days ago Imran Khan said
    “Mein Pakistan ko Qaum banana chahta hoon”
    Tonight, Pakistan prays as ONE

    He has already given his utmost.
    Onus is upon Pakistan to repay his faith.

    Imran’s message is simple
    If not now then when?
    If not PTI then who?

    The first & foremost thing I look for in a leader is SINCERITY. I always thought Imran Khan had that. Tonight, I’m CERTAIN about it.

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  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
    May 8, 2013 - 1:33AM

    Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
    honesty compassion intelligence guts
    Imran Khan PTI

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  • Fahad Raza
    May 8, 2013 - 1:34AM

    IK You fell down you’l rise up higher . INsha Allah

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  • Aadi
    May 8, 2013 - 1:37AM

    Security Personnel messed up the balance as he tried to climb up the lift..
    Well God bless IK
    You are already a leader and you have done your job.

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  • Aadi
    May 8, 2013 - 1:38AM

    Why so many people were on the lift..it’s just insane..

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  • zee
    May 8, 2013 - 1:40AM

    A lion is dangerous, an injured lion is even more!
    Comeon Kaptan,

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  • Sara Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 1:48AM

    To All Pakistanis,

    I have ben crying since this morning for my country, my people, my leader
    He is not fake, he is not like others, please pray and vote for him, convince you friends & family to vote for him. He started it on his own, sacrificed everything, he has been convincing others for the past 17 years, now its our turn to do something for ourselves and our country…. Please for God sake, forget differences and who are his candidates……Thank You All

    He once said after his defeat in 1996 elections: “mery voters kee umar abhi vote deny kee nahee hoi, unki umrey vote deny ke huney Do, 10 saal baad daikhna.”

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  • sara
    May 8, 2013 - 1:53AM

    whether we agree with his political views or not, one thing is certain, he is our nation’s hero. first as an amazing sportsman and then as a philanthrophist. Get well soon Imran Khan, we may not all want you as our prime minister but we all love you dearly

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  • asim
    May 8, 2013 - 2:04AM

    What type of security measures are these?

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  • Hamna
    May 8, 2013 - 2:25AM

    God Bless Imran Uncle


    I really like Imran uncle and he can make a “NAYA PAKISTAN”

    Sare please un ke liye dua karein aur inshahallah elections may bhi woh kamyab hoin.

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  • Hamid
    May 8, 2013 - 3:15AM

    Standup IK, Everybody, who vote you or not, need you my hero !!

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  • Karim Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 3:24AM

    A man who can’t carry himself steadily will lead the nation. Wonder what’s becoming of this country?

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  • Abid Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 3:27AM

    Allah Khan ko huamri umar laga dy. Nation needs him more than us.

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  • Iron hand
    May 8, 2013 - 7:56AM

    He’s already making an impact in Pakistan.

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  • ANUM
    May 8, 2013 - 9:27AM

    I hope IK gets well soon and have a speedy recovery In sha Allah ta’ala.
    Literally had tears yesterday!! He is a true leader mashaALLAH… MAY ALLAH SUCCEED HIM AMEEN

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  • farah khawaj
    May 8, 2013 - 9:37AM

    May Allah bless him and keep him under his affection . stay bless buddy . we all got your back.

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  • Max
    May 8, 2013 - 10:09AM

    @Karim Khan:
    Imran fell by accident but idiots like you just don’t mind falling from grace again and again.Recommend

  • True Karachiwala
    May 8, 2013 - 10:24AM

    @Ammar Shafique:*His being human is not sufficient ?*

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  • Pakistani
    May 8, 2013 - 10:31AM

    Only a sincere and honest leader works this hard, this is a man who truly wishes the best for his nation and his people. He is sacrificing his health and life for Pakistan. We Pakistanis don’t deserve such a great person, but Pakistan desperately needs him.

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  • Faizan
    May 8, 2013 - 10:39AM

    Inshallah Imran will make it

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  • Mozart
    May 8, 2013 - 10:51AM

    sniff get well soon, my leader.

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  • Sohail
    May 8, 2013 - 1:19PM

    Imran’s fall is the begining of his rise to forthcoming glory. People must come out to vote PTI on 11th otherwise entire nation will fall with much greater pain, if NS wins the election. Allah Bless Imran and Pakistan.

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  • bilal
    May 8, 2013 - 2:07PM

    true hero true lion Imran khan. you have to win this world cup. all prayers are with you. we want to see Naya Pakistan under your leadership.

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  • Mirza Omar
    May 8, 2013 - 2:53PM

    This fall is the final nail in the coffin in revealing that Khan is backed by the establishment. This guy took worse injuries in cricket but played on, and yet, one small injury, a sudden emotional video after that from the hospital…and Bingo! Drama complete, sympathy scenario created. This guy is so deep, it’s not even funny. Only God truly knows what’s going on behind the scenes.

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  • Awais
    May 8, 2013 - 2:56PM

    So kind of those political leaders to pay respects to Imran. First time in a long time I see the leaders being professional, rather than personal. Imran Khan zindabad!

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  • Eddy
    May 8, 2013 - 3:06PM

    It has been reported, “Imran Khan Vows to Shoot Down US Drones If Elected: .
    Speaking at a rally in Swabi in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said that if U.S. drones entered Pakistani airspace, he would order the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) to shoot them down.”
    http://is.gd/G9cGDa
    Whilst I personly have no problems with such an action, and have for the last ten years asked the question as to why Pakistan has not shot down these murderous weapons earlier, I have reservations of Imran publicly announcing his intentions to do so.
    IMHO, I fear this statement has placed a large big red bullseye right on Imran’s back as target No 1 from the U.S. just as Chavez had been targeted by the U.S. earlier.
    I would have thought, Imran was aware of this, and formulated his intended policies accordingly.
    I strongly suspect, IF Imran does come into power, (and that is NOT absolute) his reign may be very short lived.
    I hope and pray I’m wrong.

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  • pakistan
    May 8, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Imran May Allah protect you and has you said in your Msg from Hospital, that what you could do for us you did. and its our turn to stand up for ourself and we assure you our leader we will stand and we all will vote for PTI

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  • Rex Minor
    May 8, 2013 - 9:05PM

    What a sad end for a leader who was not a leader, a politician who was not familiar with politics, a cricketer who had given up cricketing: He wanted to be a chief not a flunky, the boss and not the under dog, and yet he had not demonstrated his loyalty for the country and althugh talked about the change, his last minute declatation for upholding the current constitution without amending the laws of inquisition and excommunication. In other words “No Change”.

    Rex Minor

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  • bilal
    May 8, 2013 - 10:10PM

    PIA flights overbooked the culprits are ready to leave the country after may 11. Imran khan they have to pay whatever they have done within their tenure to destroy Pakistan. culprits and their followers run for your life

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  • Max
    May 8, 2013 - 11:44PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Thank you for another meaningless rant. Vote PTI. Love, IK.

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  • sumera
    May 9, 2013 - 1:31AM

    Get well soon ,you have to lead Pakistan.

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  • oho
    May 9, 2013 - 7:53AM

    @Mirza Omar:
    oh..look what we have got here…you seem to be doctor…!!! how can u say it is small injury…let us make u jump from 20 feet suffer 6″wounds and fracture in backbone then come back and comment/….if u can…our nation is purely becoming sceptic……

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  • Monet
    May 9, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Get well soon Skipper! We need YOU! You are our only hope!

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  • amanat ali
    May 10, 2013 - 4:37PM

    It appears from the camera that this incident shows some conspiracy against Imran and is not just a happening by chance. The security guards are pullung Imran Khan towards them by putting their arms in the arm of Imran Khan instead of supporting him to stand up and one fat man wearing blue shirt pushed Imran Khan. It is absolutely essential to probe thoroughly into the incident. This also shows slackness on the part of those persons who had made meeting arrangements. The arrangements were defective and inadequate. Why there was no ambulance to meet the emergency on such occasions. This also shows slackness of provincial caretaking government.

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