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Imran to address public meeting through video-link

May 08, 2013

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LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, who was injured in a stage fall on Tuesday evening told newsmen today that although he was feeling better, he would not be able to cast his vote in his hometown of Mianwali as he had previously planned.

Party leaders also confirmed that the PTI chief will not be attending a public meeting in Islamabad scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

Khan had sustained head and back injuries after he fell from a lifter during a public meeting in Lahore. He received stitches on his head.

Additional Information Secretary PTI Lahore, Umar Khan, said 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.

PTI spokesman Shafqat Mehmood earlier told media Tuesday night that Khan would not be able to continue his political campaign for the elections on the advice of the doctors and added that it was not a political decision.

The campaign was scheduled to end on Thursday night prior to Saturday’s elections.

Lying on his bed at the Shaukat Khanum Hospital, which he had built and named after his mother, Khan urged his supporters to ensure voting in big numbers. “11th May is the day of change,” he told reporters.

In a video message to his supporters earlier from the hospital, Khan had said that he had done what he could in the last several years. “Now it is your (people’s) turn to take charge and ensure the making of ‘naya’ Pakistan,” he said.