‘Slow recovery’: Imran Khan may go to London for check-up

Published: June 1, 2013
Because of his slow recovery, doctors advised further checkups in London, says a source. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

Because of his slow recovery, doctors advised further checkups in London, says a source. PHOTO: AFP /FILE


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan is being flown to London for a medical checkup due to ‘slow recovery’ from injuries he suffered after falling from a forklift during the election campaign in May.

“His (Imran) recovery is slower than expected and he will be taken to London for a medical checkup,” a close friend of Khan told The Express Tribune on Friday. A team of doctors, who are treating Khan, is also expected to accompany him.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the PTI chief was scheduled to travel to Islamabad earlier this week but his ‘ill health’ compelled him to cancel his plans.

Khan is not attending the inaugural session of National Assembly today when the newly-elected members will take oath.

Khan was discharged from hospital on May 22 two weeks after falling from a platform at an election campaign rally in Lahore.

He said because of his slow recovery, doctors advised further checkups in London.

When contacted, PTI spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari refused to confirm or deny the development. “I’ve no information about his [Imran Khan] traveling abroad for a medical checkup,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • AY
    Jun 1, 2013 - 10:34AM

    Get well soon – IK


  • Aysha
    Jun 1, 2013 - 11:34AM

    Another unrealistic expectation of Imran Khan and PTI, Recovery is normally slow past 60 years of age.

    He must go abroad for check up and some family time, but expecting an election clean sweep and then speedy recovery after a bad fall, all indicative of immature and unrealistic stock of things.

    May he regain maximum possible strength soon ameen


  • maestro
    Jun 1, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Get well soon IK. Don’t hurry, get all the treatment and rest that you need. We are with you.Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2013 - 12:06PM

    The nation especially the youth is keenly looking forward for your active participation in parliament. Get well soon.


  • Taz100
    Jun 1, 2013 - 12:48PM

    @Aysha Mind you! Clean sweep was always on the cards if the elections were not blatantly rigged! BTW! you are a non-entity! Khan has achieved what you could only dream about! So your judgement is inconsequential anyway!


  • Muhammad
    Jun 1, 2013 - 1:30PM

    Totally agree with Aysha. Elections weren’t rigged in KP because PTI [email protected] Taz100? LAWL!!
    Women weren’t even allowed to vote in many constituencies~!!


  • FN
    Jun 1, 2013 - 1:35PM

    Nothing wrong with going abroad
    1) If it’s your own money
    2) the local doctors think it’s wise, since they can’t really understand the problem
    Give him a break really, the guy has worked effortlessly, day and night, not for anything but for a better Pakistan for a common man.
    Malala also went abroad, us waqt to koi nahi roya tha.


  • hemant
    Jun 1, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Please carry on with such arrogance and you will put off not only Ayesha but millions of other voters who in what they have achieved in life will be similar to her .
    A political leader unlike a dictator must have humility , a trait not too apparent in Imran Khan and his supporters .


  • Ahmed
    Jun 1, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Bane(Nawaz Sharif) has thrown our guy Batman(Imran Khan) into the pit. With a injured body and only hope, Batman climbs out of the pit to reclaim Gotham and defeat Bane.


  • John the Baptist
    Jun 1, 2013 - 1:58PM


    Talk about unrealistic expectations! Come to these forums in two years and show us the power plants, motorways, and bullet trains your Naan League has built. I am sharpening the knives already to hack your excuses to pieces!


  • shaheen
    Jun 1, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Nice and honest people are always tested by hardship and tough exams. Hopefully Imran will come out of this time and will put his all energy for the people of Pakistan. Gold bless him and bless Pakistan and eradicate the bad one fro the soil of Pak.


  • Pakistani
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:05PM

    Remember MALALA? Yah the same girl who was taken to Britain for treatment. I remember how you guys bashed her calling her a British agent and Drama Queen. Now will you call your IK the same? No! Because you are those hypocrites who treat life for your own benefits and defence at the cost of others’ feelings and pain.


  • Azmat Shah
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:17PM

    @John the Baptist:
    I think you guys have mis-understood Aysha. She means that it is immaature of Express Tribune to expect a speedy recovery of a 60+ year old man. Dont know why you are taking offence to that.


  • naila
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:20PM

    May Allah give him speedy recovery,he is the only leader with sincerity in Pakistan.Let’s nt make his recovery controversial.


  • Ahmed
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:30PM

    @John the Baptist:
    You are wanting to tread in dangerous waters. This @ayesha is pro-MQM :).


  • ahmer
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:36PM

    Well well, the great khan who preaches others about patriotism and keeps company of anti west forces and mullahs is going to the same western country he abhors…..talk of double standards.


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:39PM

    I’m neither Imran supporter, voter or even hater, but unfortunately I suspected more serious injury of grave nature with bad prognosis. PTI kept it a non-issue all this time, which in itself is rather stupid and careless, considering the fact that Imran is all they have and a crippled or limited Imran with compromised health means demise of whatever PTI achieved. Again, without being prejudiced I wish that Imran Khan gets well, after all the man is a good man and has done more than anyone else around for the people here.


  • riz
    Jun 1, 2013 - 4:14PM

    rigging took place in KPK only


  • Zog
    Jun 1, 2013 - 4:34PM

    God bless


  • hggf
    Jun 1, 2013 - 4:46PM

    Indian ex PM Atal Behari Vajpayee rerfused to go abroad for health check in his tenure as PM when his doctors advised him to do that; he told them that if India’s PM goes for health checkup abroad then India will not able to project itself as medical tourism industry. This is called leader. He is truly one of the greatest leader in world has ever seen and he is Pita-ma of politics as described by Dr. Manmohan Singh.
    What Imran Khan is doing is promoting status co


  • Aysha
    Jun 1, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Was a non-entity, not any more. After inception of MQM, am certainly an entity to reckon.
    As far as achievement goes. MQM has placed a 27 year old Mayor in 1987 and then a 32 year old Mayor in 2002 and not a 72 year old CM in 2013, the so called party representing youth. What MQM has achieved and delivered is beyond the imagination of the drawing room political parties.


  • Aysha
    Jun 1, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @John the Baptist:
    Nothing to do with PML-N, wiped them off from Karachi some 3 decades ago, something which the people in Punjab did not have the brains to do when they had the opportunity to vote for PTI.
    60% of 12 year olds are out of school, unable to rationalize investment in bullet trains,
    so no need to sharpen knives, just sharpen your brains to vote wisely and look for middle and lower middle class representation


  • Jun 1, 2013 - 5:38PM

    U r right ayesha.
    MQM is far far better than PTI.PTI is in the habit of making mountain out of a mole hill.It is easy to say that rigging took place when u loose.PTI is one man show.almos its leader are those who have changed their loyalty from their parties.and joined PTI.We can say that PTI is lota party.


  • Aysha
    Jun 1, 2013 - 5:49PM

    @Azmat Shah:
    Thank you


  • Aysha
    Jun 1, 2013 - 5:57PM

    @Ahmed: You are so right
    not just pro MQM, but actually MQM because of the following;


  • Unbelievable
    Jun 1, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Your not healthy enough to attend the ceremony to take an oath for your elected office – but your healthy enough to take a trip to London?


  • Sabahat
    Jun 1, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Aoa, we r still praying 4 u.God may gives u a compleat health,full streanth.forget about politics.take care of your self do noble things just4 God.you r our hero.we love u.politics is durty game this is not 4 u..


  • Rizwan
    Jun 1, 2013 - 7:15PM

    The moderator is extremely biased, I will never comment on this site. Enough is enough.


  • Realist
    Jun 1, 2013 - 7:23PM


    And how is MQM is not a one-man party? All political parties in Pakistan are one man or one family party. Come up with a better argument.


  • ali ahmed
    Jun 1, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Dr. Manmohan Singh..had is bypass surgery in India


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Jun 1, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Why this altercation amongst all of you? If at all,he is going abroad,but, not on tax payers expense.One has not come across such a debate when people use tax payers money,in millions, for their medical treatment abroad.One prays for speedy recovery of Imran Khan!!May God bless him!!


  • Baffled
    Jun 1, 2013 - 8:44PM

    AWAMI leader should get treatment in AWAMI hospitals .isn’t this what the claims demand ?
    So IK please get admitted in Mayo hospital or Jinnah hospital and prove you are AWAMI .


  • Such Bolta Hoon
    Jun 1, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Cool down Readers/ Bloggers,
    IK is only human!
    With regards to others they are all tested specially MQM we all know what the party has done since its inception It was quite and peaceful in Karachi before 1987 and we all know what happened i.e. firing, torture cells, bodies in bags, bhattas, etc.
    IK is not tested before so give him a chance and we will see.
    All the best to him. Hope to see him in action soon.


  • Effendi
    Jun 2, 2013 - 12:48AM

    did someone say Status Quo? People have issues when Shabaz S goes to UK for a check-up. They have issues when Pir Paghara ends up in an Air ambulance. Now our dearest IK, so disappointed with Pakistani doctors and quality of health services, is going to the UK.

    IK please come to Karachi. You will find dozens of private hospitals with excellent Trauma, orthopedic, spinal and neurosurgeons etc.

    You are disappointing your supporters by exhibiting status quo qualities. Stay in your homeland.


  • Hattaf Ansari
    Jun 2, 2013 - 3:47AM


    Aysha Aunty with all due respect.

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 – 1950)

    PS: I would appreciate it if you dont send your namaloom afraad goons to shaheed me for proving you wrong. Ideas once generated cannot be destroyed by violence, you can kill a person but not his ideology,

    Kind Regards,
    Mr Tabdeeli AKA Tsunami


  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Jun 2, 2013 - 5:40AM

    JI has changed its face and now transformed into PTI succeeding in acquiring more seats in NA than ever in their history. Syed Munawar Hassan should have represented and taken oath instead of Imran Khan.


  • Al
    Jun 2, 2013 - 8:26AM

    Don’t rush. Take your time to heal.


  • Jun 2, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Maybe he has too much on his mind that keeps him from taking proper rest? Well, the sooner he gets up and about the better for all of us. get well soon Imran. Salams


  • Wafa
    Jun 2, 2013 - 2:06PM

    God bless u khan .u r our nation hero.nd we r proud of u .


  • Khan
    Jun 2, 2013 - 2:38PM

    @ Ayesha.. Looks like you know a thing or two more about medical sciences then the team of doctors treating IK


  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 2, 2013 - 5:18PM

    so you are running to the very country for treatment and rest that according to you and your troll-brigade have wreaked havoc together with USA in Iraq and Afghanistan !!

    HOw does that work.. “scratching my head”

    Be “kaptaan’ enough to get yourself treated locally !


  • RAW is WAR
    Jun 2, 2013 - 5:24PM

    @ ali ahmed

    Pakistani doctors are not good even for ordinary people . Many middle class Pakistanis comes to Chennai and Bangalore for treatment. IK definitely deserves better.


  • Such Bolta Hoon
    Jun 2, 2013 - 7:35PM

    May Allah give IK health soon and he is is back in action.
    For you Ayesha Bibi you are like many other MQM followers who are full of hatred to the ones who don’t dance to your tunes.
    The time has changed and you should learn from the mistakes that your leaders have made. There are some sensible in MQM but don’t have a say.Karachi was peaceful before 1987 and then the environment ruined.


  • Saz
    Jun 2, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Karachi was peaceful prior to 87, study history . Also remember it was the 80s when the whole country not only karachi was flooded from Afghanistan jihad gifts such as horein and automatic weapons, karachi suffered most because out side the tribal areas it hosited most [email protected] Bolta Hoon:


  • Saz
    Jun 2, 2013 - 9:34PM

    Lol may he wants to meet altaf bhai in london and apologise


  • Mirza
    Jun 2, 2013 - 10:15PM

    Looks like Kaptan is all done in active politics. A man in his 60’s cannot come out normal after taking a fall like that. PTI currently is a party of lotas, Pir, feudal and old discarded and opportunist career politicians. Look at all the appointments of family members and old lota. My God bless IK.


  • Adil Uddin
    Jun 2, 2013 - 11:53PM

    I have a feeling that the injury is more severe and Imran Khan is hiding details from his supporters so that they may not loose hope or feel weakened and worried.


  • Rex Minor
    Jun 3, 2013 - 3:10AM

    @Adil Uddin:
    Ik has performed his mission! He is part of history, it must be obvious to any one that the traumic fall and skull injuries impact the soft tissues of thd brain. Pakistan appears not to have neuroligiss considering that Malala, the young student from Swat was taken to Birmingham, UK for treatment and rehablitation.

    Rex Minor


  • mrs ahmed
    Jun 3, 2013 - 3:28AM

    firstly best wishes to inran khan , yet again more of the same , family and ilaaj abroad .all the leaders have palatial homes outside pakistan ofcourse with pakistan citizenship , only poor altaaf had to acquire citizenship in the UK , because he does not own high finances and property to gain permanent visa . atleast he is not hypcrite .


  • mrs ahmed
    Jun 3, 2013 - 3:34AM

    what following i would like to know reasons of you being pro MQM, which is ofcourse against the tide


  • Z
    Jun 3, 2013 - 4:56AM

    This rumour has been debunked. If ET does some basic research (I know it’s a lot to ask), they would find IK tweeted from his official account that he is NOT going abroad for treatment.


  • Pak1
    Jun 3, 2013 - 6:24AM

    So sad.. Imran couldn’t trust hi sown Shaukat Khanum Hospital! now he has to go outside of Pakistan.


  • Abrar
    Jun 3, 2013 - 10:18AM

    This is rubbish.. IK is not going anywhere abroad for treatment. Get a life every one talking non sense..


  • Abdullah
    Jun 3, 2013 - 6:49PM


    Thanks for stating the obvious which immature/overoptimistic pti supporters are too blind to see


  • Such Bolta Hoon
    Jun 4, 2013 - 3:07AM

    You talk about studying history. I was in Karachi and we have all seen what happened by our own eyes.
    My questions to you are;
    why torture cells were found only in Karachi?
    why bhattas were introduced and by whom?
    History will always be witness to what happened to Karachi and who caused most harm to Karachites.
    Why only Karachi?


  • Pakistani
    Jun 4, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Sister, I don’t know who are you but seriously I have become your fan after reading you arguments in favor of MQM as i am a Altafist too. Keep up the great work to defend MQM. We need people like you.


  • Sabahat
    Jun 12, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Aoa,we r praying 4 u.u r our hero.God bless u.


  • Sabahat
    Jun 28, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Aoa, thanx of God we saw u could walk.we r still praying 4 u.may God gives u a fast and complete health. Ameen.


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