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Imran Khan discharged from hospital

This handout photograph released by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital shows Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, leaving the hospital in Lahore on May 22, 2013.
This handout photograph released by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital shows Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, leaving the hospital in Lahore on May 22, 2013.

ISLAMABAD : Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan left hospital Wednesday, two weeks after breaking bones in his back in a fall at an election rally, a hospital spokesman said.

The 60-year-old was ordered to remain immobile in bed after he fractured vertebrae and a rib in a dramatic tumble just days before the May 11 general election, where his party made a major breakthrough.

Khwaja Nazir, a spokesman for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where Khan was being treated, told AFP that the Pakistani politician had returned to his home in the city.

“He would stay in his Lahore home for three days and then would be shifted to his home in Islamabad,” Nazir said.“Doctors have advised him rest, for two more weeks.”

On Tuesay, he was fitted with a specially designed spinal brace, which enabled him to stand upright for the first time since his fall, and doctors said that Khan was able to walk unaided for over 300 meters without any discomfort or pain.

Khan, who leads the PTI, electrified much of the campaign with his calls for reform and galvanised many young people to take part in voting for the first time.

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May 22, 2013 08:19am

Kaptaan is back on his feet, Alhamdulila.

Praying for your good health and fast recovery. ALLAH keep you safe and sound and protect you against any odes as ALLAH is the best protector...

May 22, 2013 08:36am

The Strong Man is back ..

P pat
May 22, 2013 08:36am

Only in Pakistan! Embarassing and amusing

May 22, 2013 11:15am

Our prayers are with you Imran Khan. We have been waiting for you! Please take care of your health! Pakistan needs a leader like you

m h kayani
May 22, 2013 01:35pm

Best wishes for good health, perhaps second thought is more imminent now. fighting a corrupt and dishonest nation is NOT a easy task.

Riyaz ahmad
May 22, 2013 02:00pm

long live Imran Khan.People of kashmir are with you.

May 22, 2013 03:58pm

@Abid: Some people are giving 'thumb down' on simple prayer for Imran's health. Who are they? Why so much hatred for him?

May 22, 2013 04:03pm

What about the other three men who fell? At least one of them seems to have been hurt more seriously than Imran Khan per news reports that he needed an operation. The others may well have been badly injured too. The lack of interest of the Pakistan news media (or Imran Khan who seemed to be feeling sorry only for himself in his first public statements after the fall and who has yet to express any interest in their welfare) and their focus on Imran Khan demonstrates a lack of interest in the "common man" and a focus on the personality cult.

Jamshed Khan
May 22, 2013 04:33pm

Great to see you on your feet.

May 22, 2013 04:50pm

@Anees: yes indeed

May 22, 2013 04:53pm

imran is the best

ishrat salim
May 22, 2013 04:59pm

All prayers are with you CHIEF......may you lead us to new heights & bring in change for the betterment of our beloved country PAKISTAN.

May 22, 2013 05:02pm

imran khan is our leader

May 22, 2013 05:03pm

Like millions others we too pray for Imran Khan's early total recovery and fitness. Till that time he must not move against the advise of doctors because his life and fitness is vital for the Nation. As a senior citizen and sincere well wisher of Imran I humbly advise him that you must unite with Nawaz and Shahbaz keeping aside your grievances and differences with them, in the larger interest of Pakistan, the Nation, PTI and your party workers. President Zardari has congratulated Nawaz and the later by visiting Mr. Zardari have also kept aside their differences in the larger interest of Nation and their parties..

May 22, 2013 05:47pm

goood luck for future imran khan....we hope k app kpk ko 1 model province banayengay...you are the strong man and we pakistnai need brave leader like you...good luck

May 22, 2013 06:27pm

Godspeed Imraan Khan !! All Pakistani patriots overseas are with you. Our prayers from Florida go out for your quick recovery. You got a monumental task ahead of you and many people are counting on you to bring change !! God be with you

May 23, 2013 12:01am
Shah Sufi
May 23, 2013 10:40am
What ever happened to the other people who fell with Immy. Or was this just a stunt?
Ashok Prabhu
May 23, 2013 11:46pm
I wish Imran Khan a speedy recovery.