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Imran to leave hospital on Wednesday: party, medics

Updated May 21, 2013
PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo
PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is to leave hospital on Wednesday, his party and medics said Tuesday, two weeks after breaking bones in his back in a fall at an election rally.

The 60-year-old was ordered by doctors to remain immobile in a hospital bed with fractured vertebrae and a broken rib after falling from a hoist raising him to the stage at a rally just days before the May 11 general election.

PTI spokeswoman Shireen Mazari said the former cricket star was feeling better and had managed to walk in hospital.

“Imran Khan will be discharged from hospital Wednesday,” Mazari told AFP.

“I have just talked to Imran Khan who told me that he will be going home tomorrow.”

Khwaja Nazir, spokesman for Lahore's Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, where Khan has been treated, confirmed that the PTI chief would be moving home on Wednesday.

“He has already worn a brace around his back, which he will have to use for four to six weeks,” Nazir said.

Zardari phones Imran

President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday telephoned Khan and inquired about his health, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

The president felicitated Khan for the confidence reposed in him by the voters, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the general elections.

Khan electrified much of the campaign with his calls for reform and galvanised many young people to take part for the first time.

The election was won by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, but the PTI scored a major breakthrough, finishing in third place with 28 National Assembly seats, according to partial results.