Imran Khan not to attend rally, will address via video-link

Published: May 8, 2013
PTI Chairman, moments before he fell off the lifter. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

PTI Chairman, moments before he fell off the lifter. PHOTO: PTI SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan will not attend a public meeting in Islamabad on Thursday (May 9).    

Additional Information Secretary PTI Lahore Umar Khan, while talking to APP, said Imran Khan’s condition was not serious but he had been advised bed rest by doctors for a week.

He said Imran would not go to Islamabad but he would address the gathering through video-link.

Earlier, his doctor Faisal Sultan, said Khan can carry out his scheduled rallies if the treating team feels comfortable with his recovery, while addressing the media at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.

According to the doctor, Khan’s life is not in danger and he will take a few days to recover.

The PTI Chairman sustained skull and back injuries in a fall at an election campaign rally.

Listing Khan’s injuries from a CT scan present at the briefing Dr Sultan clarified that Khan did not suffer from a skull fracture as reports in the media suggested.

“There was a small scalp hematoma, which is just a collection of blood. There was the spinous process of C3, which was a minimally displaced fracture at the tip of C3 and a compression fracture of T6 (thoracic vertebrae). There is also a fracture of T5 vertebrae body and the spinous process. However, the most important and reassuring thing is that the spinal canal is intact and Mr Khan is in full control of his limbs and body functions. There was no neurological compromise.”

A copy of the CT scan will be made available on the PTI Facebook page according to Dr Sultan.

Khan can sit at a 45 degrees position and will not need air transport, according to the medical team.

The doctor also announced that daily updates regarding Khan’s health will be given at 2pm (local time) to the press with full disclosure from the doctor directly.

Addressing questions relating to the number of days Khan is expected to stay in the hospital, Dr Sultan said, “The exact duration of Khan’s recovery, bed rest or immobilization will be decided as time goes on and we will keep you updated on it.”

The doctor hopes to have a clearer view on the situation after conducting a few more scans and tests in the upcoming days.

With some rallies in the election campaign pending, Khan has no choice but to recover before taking the task on. According to Dawn, the PTI Chairman will not be able to cast his vote in his hometown of Mianwali.

“If Mr Khan wishes to address any rally that’s up to him, but we will make sure the treating team has given permission to do so based entirely on medical grounds,” his doctor added.

According to Geo, Khan said that his fall was not a ‘conspiracy’ but simple human error.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • KHAN
    May 8, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Take care of yourself my brave leader….We are here to keep the candle burning that you alone lit..Recommend

  • bash gul
    May 8, 2013 - 3:15PM

    The PTI have an excellent team of IT experts. But they lack people having knowledge of safety.


  • Mirza Imran Ahsan
    May 8, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Well, he should not take part and rest to recover.


  • Saad
    May 8, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Get well soon my leader. The nation needs you


  • Mustafa
    May 8, 2013 - 3:20PM

    If you look at the picture, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. There was no one who did the risk assessment of the site. I have been working in an industry where extensive checklists have to be filled and certified before even a simplest manlift operation is authorized.

    Here even a thought did not cross anyone’s mind.


  • doom
    May 8, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Just look at the picture! Who are the geniuses who thought that was an acceptable arrangement?


  • RM
    May 8, 2013 - 3:26PM

    get well soon Khan Sb, wishing u a speedy recovery and at the same time i hope u will accept peaples mandate on 11th even if its not in your favour.


  • Aziz
    May 8, 2013 - 3:37PM

    Get well soon my Brave Heart,,, You are the Ideal of the Pakistani Youth…The Nation is praying for your health and, based on your determinations, hope to see you in D Chowk Islamabad.


  • asad
    May 8, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Just looking at the picture, one can see a lack of handle bars or railing around the lifter.

    This was an incredibly stupid thing to do. Appropriate precautions must be taken.

    Let this be a lesson for the whole country in public safety.


  • Fappy
    May 8, 2013 - 3:44PM

    He is running one of the biggest medical institution for god sake and there was no ambulance not even stretcher! workers had to carry back and skull injury patient on their arms, this is height of irresponsibility, unprofessionalism and recklessness.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 8, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Imran Khan is Mohatir Mohammad of Pakistan.

    If PTI will win the elections, Imran Khan and PTI will change the fate of Pakistanis in a very short time.

    The entire nation is praying for the well being and health of Imran Khan.

    Let’s give him at least once change to test his abilities.


  • Mirza
    May 8, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Imran, you have done your work. Rest and recover now.
    The real task will begin soon, Inshallah.


  • Sadia
    May 8, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Khan Saheb is right.He has done all he can. Now it’s up to the nation to carry his mission forward. Rest and get well soon,Captain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • Faheem
    May 8, 2013 - 4:11PM

    From the picture, it was clear negligence and mismanagement of organizers. PTI candidate Shafqat Mehmood should accept and apologize to nation.


  • Farhan
    May 8, 2013 - 4:16PM

    The nation has risen ! The Election Day will be yours PTI.


  • aziz skeikh
    May 8, 2013 - 4:20PM

    god bless are the leader we need.


  • hikmat
    May 8, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Imran khan is a brave leader and brave leader always face alot of problems for their nations
    Imran khan
    you are not alone all the Nation is with you and they are praying for your health
    “May you live long”


  • Tray
    May 8, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Whose idea was it to place such rickety pallets in such a high pile on the forklifter in the first place? …and then loading up so many ppl on the whole thing with zero support for the people from the grill!!!


  • May 8, 2013 - 4:28PM

    So from the picture it is clearer now

    The man black t-shirt was balancing the platform from one side and once he left, the platform lost balance from the other side which was overweighed by 2 people.

    The question is, why they used forklift and if it was used why nobody ensured that there are supporting handles attached to it and the platform is fixed properly. I was watching a news channel who were even blaming the two guards for holding IK and causing him fall. God sake, they were holding each other to keep their own balance right because there was no supporting handle attached

    The problem is that we think that for every task there is always a cheapest and easy solution, without thinking for a second that the world is not stupid to come up sophisticated and secured solutions

    It is fortunate that he is out of danger but imagine for a second, the iron roads of the vehicle were enough for a more damaging impact


  • SG Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Girte hain sheh sawar hi maidan-e-jung mein,
    Wo tifl hi kya gire jo ghutno ke bal chalay

    Get well soon, my captain. You are the proud son of this soil and we love you to bits.


  • vasan
    May 8, 2013 - 4:38PM

    Whether you agree with his policies or not, IK is one important, capable, non corrupt and valuable leader of Pakistan. Hope things are ok with him and I pray for his speedy recovery. I am sure he will clean bowl this injury with a swinging, toe crushing yorker at 140 mph.


  • FACT
    May 8, 2013 - 4:42PM

    It was the geniues team of PTI, which is going to make a NAYA Pakistan for us. All the Imran Khan


  • Ammar
    May 8, 2013 - 4:52PM

    Sympathy gaining stunt ?


  • John the Baptist
    May 8, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Qasim and Suleiman must be the proudest sons on this planet to have a great man like Imran as their father. Allah please keep this beautiful family in your custody. Ameen


  • MM
    May 8, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Unbelieveably foolish and absurd safety arrangement by the PTI workers. How long does it take to find out how much weight a lifter can carry and how many should be allowed on it with IK…… it just shows their callous behavior.


  • Jibran
    May 8, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Never agreed with his position regarding TTP. But he is not corrupt and morally bankrupt. Indeed it was shocking to hear the news of his injury. Get well soon Mr. Khan.Recommend

  • Dr. Saeed Akhtar
    May 8, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Thank God his injuries were not more serious. Imran Khan will,Insha Allah, make a full recovery and will rise again to lesd this haplesly desparate nation.
    I am horrified to look at the picture showing how his life- and the lives of his guards- were endangered by such a thoughtless and criminally negligent attitude of the organisers of that rally. Let this be a lesson for the future. Imran should have a team of professionals looking after his security and safety He is too important too leave these aspects to people with ‘JUNOON’ only.


  • Rana
    May 8, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Referring to the pic, safety measures are compromised! It looks like a stunt man is being escorted to do a bungee jump! Heartiest wishes for IK’s complete recovery……..


  • AA
    May 8, 2013 - 5:30PM


    Those who disagree with his stance on TTP should read Noam Chomsky interview given to an english newspaper of Pakistan. I also disagreed with IK but I think he has got a logical stance


  • pardesi
    May 8, 2013 - 5:41PM

    You have inspired a generation. People of your calibre are rare in politics.
    Whatever happens you will succeed.


  • sa
    May 8, 2013 - 6:22PM

    how we can trust these people who can not take care of their leader, no way to vote PTI


    May 8, 2013 - 6:23PM

    My sincere advice to my captain please take rest and don t leave the hospital until u r completely fit . We know u r a fighter Inshalla P T I will be victorious . i was on the internet when i saw the news and was shocked . May Almighty keeps u healthy and happy . Request E C P Mr Fakroo Bhai give an especial permission to Mr Imran Khan to cast his GOLDEN VOTE from Mianwalle It will set an Example. Think over it please.




  • Bilal Nawaz
    May 8, 2013 - 7:06PM

    We need you IK … Get well soon …


    May 8, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Now i m a voter of PTI AFTER THIS INCIDENT


  • Shiv
    May 8, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Seems to be some sort of fixing here. Just sufficiently hurt to gain sympathy and not too badly to limp Brilliant game!


  • sensible
    May 8, 2013 - 8:03PM

    Ik has done his job. There is only one day left in election campaign. He should take care of his health and do no attend any rallies. I think Asad Umer is the best man to lead the proceedings in absesnce of IK.


  • abdullah
    May 8, 2013 - 8:08PM

    He is our captain we are his team, get well soon CAPTAIN.


  • Butt
    May 8, 2013 - 8:17PM

    As a born conspirator, I think India had a hand in this also.


  • Muhammad Farooq
    May 8, 2013 - 8:27PM

    obviously it was unsafe arrangement; but the event has taken place. It is important that a lesson is learnt from it and safe arrangements are made in future- true for all rallies, meetings and for all parties,all leaders. Also it was not professional on the part of some of the tv channels to keep repeating the video of the fall for ever. I felt sick really. They should learn how to run a news especially news involving emergencies. Hope IK recovers soon and comes back in the political arena. Whoever wins the election it will be good for the country because at the end of the day it would be the win of democracy in the country.


  • Butt
    May 8, 2013 - 8:29PM

    When he fails on his promises, he can always blame it on the fall. Get well soon.


  • zakir
    May 8, 2013 - 8:41PM

    brave, honest leader only one i.e. IMRAN KHAN


  • Ali
    May 8, 2013 - 8:49PM

    I am sure people of Pakistan would vote for change. We as Pakistanis must get rid of these family owned political party business who makes billions through corruption and for the sake of re-election spend few billions on innocent/poor people.

    I reject these parties who have brought this country to the brink of disaster in the name of democracy. PPP, PML-N, MQM, ANP, PML-Q all have same agenda with different names and symbols.


  • maestro
    May 8, 2013 - 9:00PM

    Good. Get some rest Kaptaan. We can take it from here. Just take a break and heal. Love you.


  • Zack Malaysia
    May 8, 2013 - 9:16PM

    Just one person injured and whole nation is praying and same day 15 ppl die and 30 injured but no one pray for them


  • amazed
    May 8, 2013 - 10:15PM

    A really cold blooded comment….just imagine…can anyone “plan” to fall from 20 feet and be assured to live …???
    our nation is so so skeptical…


  • amazing
    May 8, 2013 - 10:21PM

    @Zack Malaysia:
    he is not merely a person..he is future prime minister….and who says I do not worry about people dying in terrorist attacks……have you cut through my heart….?????


  • Akbar M. Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 10:31PM

    I am sensing IK’s incident as a blessing of Allah to the nation; nobody knows the ill-will of those who don’t want to see the prosperous Pakistan.
    Glad he’s safe (Alhamdolillah) & soon he’d be the champ (Insha Allah)!


  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    May 8, 2013 - 10:43PM

    I am dying to see IK Live tomorrow:)


  • PTI
    May 8, 2013 - 10:56PM

    Mr Zack Malaysia. This man, if Elected Which He inshAllah Will Be is Going to Change the Fate of Our Country InshAllah. Everybody Prays For great leaders, everybody loves him Because We Know he Will Bring change. he is our Hope.
    I mean no disrespect To The people who Have lost Their lives.


  • skhan
    May 9, 2013 - 1:14AM

    Imran falls but given the nation enough to rise!
    Get well soon Khan


  • Nida Ali
    May 9, 2013 - 1:48PM

    each Sympathy Vote in 2008 costed the Country 5 years of miseries.
    Don’t be swayed by Emotions.
    Vote Sensibly!


  • ha ha
    May 9, 2013 - 8:17PM

    @Nida Ali:
    ok…no sympathy vote for PTI, but why vote for those who have not delivered for 30 years…


    May 10, 2013 - 2:15AM

    leader don’t worry you will be fine. my PRIME MINISTER


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 10, 2013 - 11:07PM

    Yes! he has already done it & has done very well.May God help him win!!!!!!!


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