Imran Khan advised one-week rest: Hospital

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Published: May 8, 2013
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PTI chief Imran Khan, seconds before falling off a forklift. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA

PTI chief Imran Khan, seconds before falling off a forklift. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has been advised to rest for a week after sustaining skull and back injuries in a fall at an election campaign rally, a hospital official said Wednesday.

The former cricket star was admitted to the private Shaukat Khanum hospital that he founded in Lahore on Tuesday after falling off a lift taking him to the stage at a rally ahead of the general election on Saturday.

Doctors say he needs bed rest, which could jeopardise the chances of him continuing the last days of the campaign in person, but that his injuries are not life threatening.

Hospital spokesperson Khawaja Nazir told AFP that Khan had one main head injury, two “fractures” to his back and a small injury to his shoulder, but that his condition is not serious.

“There is nothing serious to his injuries. He is in a private room, he is not in the ICU (intensive care unit). He has been shifted from the ICU to a private room,” Nazir told AFP.

“Doctors will brief about specifics of his injuries later in the day. I can’t explain it specifically. As far as I know, he was initially advised one week rest,” the spokesman added.

Javed Asghar, another doctor and a friend who visited Khan, told AFP that he had stitches to his head but that the injury was “not serious”.

Shafqat Mehmood, a PTI spokesperson, acknowledged that his injuries could call a halt to Khan campaigning in person.

“It is clear that general campaign will continue, but Imran Khan may not appear in the rallies now, we will have to see doctors’ advice,” Mehmood told AFP.

He said the other men who fell from the lift with Khan were “fine” and were back home with their families with only minor injuries.

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  • FP
    May 8, 2013 - 11:33AM

    Get Well Soon. Pakistan need you badly. At the mean time all pakistanis will ensure your success in elections inshallah

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  • Ahmed Zawar
    May 8, 2013 - 11:45AM

    Do you really think he would care about the doctors’ advise? Read about his life and you’ll say NO. Long live Khan!

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  • Naya Pakistan
    May 8, 2013 - 11:49AM

    He has won the heart of his opponents as well with his statement on hospital bed.
    You made me proud that Pakistani have at last found the leader after Quaid-e-Azam

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  • Ovais
    May 8, 2013 - 11:57AM

    I feel so bad about Imran Khan.. all this time he has been striving for a good cause to Pakistan.. and we as nation hasnt done anything for him except praying for his good health.. I am an oversees Pakistani and I have made up my mind to take a flight to Islamabad over the weekend and cast my vote for PTI. This is the least I can do for a patriot, our hero Imran Khan.

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  • khan
    May 8, 2013 - 11:59AM

    IK is fighter. always love his never say die attitude. May Allah give him all the health and strength to lead our country.. and i request to the people that kindly watch his video from operating room. which shows nothing except sincerity, patriotism of the man. vote for him…

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  • Fappy
    May 8, 2013 - 12:01PM

    Wish him quick recovery and good health, I hope he shows same empathy to more than 40,000 victims of terror attacks in Pakistan as the nation and his political opponents showed him in this time of pain.

    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/database/casualties.htm

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  • Salman
    May 8, 2013 - 12:17PM

    He has already done massive spade work, even if he can simply speak through video link, that would be enough. Now its our turn to go and vote to change our destiny and our direction otherwise all else is useless

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  • Kaptaan
    May 8, 2013 - 12:20PM

    Dont worry Sir, we all are imran khan!

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  • Rayan
    May 8, 2013 - 12:20PM

    Dear IK…..Kindly take complete rest…your health and safety is dear to us than any other thing….You have done more than enough for this nation..you have delivered your best….even if now people don’t understand then we as a nation don’t deserve to have a committed leader like you…..then you should leave politics and spend more time with your family…..

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  • NS
    May 8, 2013 - 12:29PM

    I am turned, my vote is for you now IK !

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  • Iram
    May 8, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Guys and girls, we gave moral support to PTI but now we need to give practical support. Please visit your family, friends and locality to motivate people, at least make sure to make the mind of ten people to vote for PTI. Keep working until achieve the target. One of my uncles showed intention to vote for another party and i sat in his knees and cried loudly and convinced him logically. Please go all out and collect votes. Distribution of manifesto on traffic signals can also fetch good results. come out of your homes.

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  • bilal
    May 8, 2013 - 12:39PM

    IK you have already won the hearts of Pakistanis across the world. we will inshallah witness Naya Pakistan under your supervision. we want our image back

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  • CynicThoughts
    May 8, 2013 - 12:41PM

    Captain. We are all Imran Khan. We will not disappoint you.

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  • Adnan
    May 8, 2013 - 12:49PM

    May God protect u my great great leader.

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  • Syed (Larkana)
    May 8, 2013 - 12:49PM

    My vote is for you at NA-250…May Allah Bless you

    MQM will face the defeat at NA-250 (Karachi) InshAllah

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  • Mirza Faisal Hussain
    May 8, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Just a roar of the Lion and the bat broken to pieces. Get well soon. Ameen

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  • Saad
    May 8, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Get will soon my leader. The nation needs you

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  • yacob
    May 8, 2013 - 12:55PM

    We can’t have him lying comfortably on his hospital bad when the nation needs him rallying. I think he can do better than that.

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 8, 2013 - 1:08PM

    Kaptaan never quits, he will come harder this time ! Get well soon !

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  • Parvez
    May 8, 2013 - 1:18PM

    This incident displayed sheer inexcusable incompetence on the part of the PTI organisers.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    May 8, 2013 - 1:27PM

    Advice to Pakistani politicians. Dont use a Container for stage and a ForkLift for stairs.

    Go old school way and just build a stage with stairs and chairs.

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  • Kazim Muneer
    May 8, 2013 - 1:34PM

    It is evident that the Lifter was inappropriate for its intended operation. Furthermore, too many people were trying to accommodate themselves within its limited space. Probably the guy-in-black-tee-shirt-with-big-butts (who must be cursing himself now) tried to balance himself and inadvertently pushed IK, resulting in the unfortunate incident. It could have been worse, but thanks to the Almighty Allah whose blessing, and prayers of so many well-wishers, saved IK from any serious injury. We all pray to the Almighty for IK’s early recuperation and return to the arena (Ameen). He is a true leader, giving hope (and a vision for future) to a devastated nation divided in fragments on petty matters. For me, IK is the best fighter that Pakistan has ever produced. His positive energy and influence is indeed source of inspiration that may aspire our future generations to emulate him, just like chain of fast bowlers who made their impact after seeking inspiration from the Great Khan. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 1:35PM

    We love you, Khan Sahab.

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  • Kazim Muneer
    May 8, 2013 - 1:35PM

    @yacob: Be a Human Being, Please!

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  • Enlightened
    May 8, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Wishing Imran Khan an early recovery. His hospitalisation will not make any difference on outcome of the elections, and in fact he might get many sympathy votes.

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  • gandkifracture
    May 8, 2013 - 1:40PM

    While poor pakistanis get no healthcare IK expects us to give him votes.

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  • Fappy
    May 8, 2013 - 1:43PM

    @Parvez:

    Agreed plus the unruly behavior supporters show around these leaders, is it only a dream that some day Pakistanis would behave in orderly manner? be it prayer or play Pakistanis cannot display order it’s always chaotic.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    May 8, 2013 - 2:04PM

    I have seen Imran fall once before. While bowling to Gavaskar in a Test match, Gavaskar drove him to mid-on, and Imran pounced on the ball falling in the process and ran Gavaskar out. Moral of the story: When Imran falls its for a cause and he rises up successfully. So watch out for the election results.

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  • Undecided
    May 8, 2013 - 2:15PM

    I guess Imran Khan has not been tried before. So, now, I will give him a chance.

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  • Pakistani
    May 8, 2013 - 2:23PM

    @Ovais:
    This is very good to hear because i know lots of my friends who are abroad are flying to Pakistan to cast their vote… As a nation, we need to rise up and cast our vote… And please bear in mind that this is what is country wants from you.. listen from the silent majority who have been sitting at home moaning of the sad state of affairs but never vote….

    People – if you dont vote tthe right candidate then prepare yourself for another 5 years of corruption and mayhem…

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  • Nida Ali
    May 8, 2013 - 2:25PM

    Get well soon Kaptaan! PMLN will defeat you in the elections, not physically!
    InshaAllah

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  • AWA
    May 8, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Man of Steel with the will power of a tiger . The Great Imran Khan Sahib .Recommend

  • Karachiite
    May 8, 2013 - 2:49PM

    A true leader should have admitted to Service Hospital instead of the VVIP ward of Shaukat Khanum .Tabdeeli ?

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  • Farooq Khalid
    May 8, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @yacob:
    When you will get injured like this then show us how you jump around.

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  • May 8, 2013 - 2:56PM

    one thing’s for sure you will find many politicians in pakistan but you will never find a world class star and leader and politician like Imran Khan ! look across pakistan if you find one who like imran khan. If you all not vote for him think that who will you vote for these politicians who never care for you ! I am ashamed when pakistani in tv survey say they will vote for because of community and because butto or bazire butto , one person say i like nawaz sharif with no reason in his mind ! come on people use your so called brain you are not voting for liking or disliking you giving vote for make new pakistan . please change your self Imran khan is only cross pakistan who star leader and no one is coming to you in near future like imran khan.

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  • Tahir
    May 8, 2013 - 3:01PM

    He should get himself checked by a proper neurosurgeon, not the junior one that is on SKCMH panel. I will definitely recommend my own doctor, Prof. Nazir Ahmad (currenty the best in country) as I payed visit to all and found him holding true to his reputition.

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  • Zubair Khokhar
    May 8, 2013 - 3:28PM

    I think Imran khan has played his part in bringing the change wave. Now it is our moral duty to pay him back with our vote. Tabdeeli will come through us. Now its our time to prove our loyalty with this country and save the future of our country and our next generation. Its now or its never.

    May Allah(SWT) help him restore his health(Ameen).Get well soon Kaptaan….

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  • Ali
    May 8, 2013 - 4:32PM

    I loved the Headline in Express Tribune ‘As Imran Falls, Nation rises in Sympathy’ This sympathy for our injured hero is not enough, now as a nation we need to rise for ourselves and show our beloved hero that you have done your part now its our turn to cast our vote for ‘Naya Pakistan’

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  • KS
    May 8, 2013 - 4:39PM

    FP: Get well soon .. Yes. … But people pls don’t over expect from PTI. As we as nation r very complacent of ground realities and live in wonder world. Fingers crossed and hoping for healthy elections in Pakistan Inshallah …

    Mr. Syed (Larkana) pls think about NA-204 and don’t worry about 250.

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  • KS
    May 8, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Change is PTI… Agreed.

    But yesterday’s media biasness has put 10 more seats in PTI’s pot.

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  • KS
    May 8, 2013 - 4:46PM

    @Ali:

    Loved the heading to. But quite a dishonest nation lets c whether honesty prevails on 11th May.

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  • Dr Pervaiz Ahmad
    May 8, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Imran khan THE GREAT LEADER is only person who can takeaway Pakistan from economical crises n other domestic crises . He is the person with vision .this time we need him . But it is our bad luck n illiteracy that we are still believing on BARADERISM ,N we are keeping our personal interests in view all the time . No one is thinking of Pakistan , we must see our neighboring countries what they are doing . My hand folded request to all please vote for Imran khan THE ONLY HOPE .

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  • asma qadeer
    May 9, 2013 - 4:54PM

    I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader and such an individual for Pakistan is Imran Khan only. He will be Pakistan’s Prime Minister after 11th May 2013 by Grace of Almighty……

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    May 9, 2013 - 11:41PM

    How is the actual health of other 3 guards who faced injuries while protecting Imran Khan? The media should interview them for us to know about their health.

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