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Pakistan: PTI halts ‘long march’ to Islamabad as ex-PM Imran Khan announces resignation from all assemblies during rally in Rawalpindi

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan announced that his party will resign from all assemblies during a PTI rally in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

Addressing thousands of supporters who were seen waving PTI flags, Khan stated he will not resume the ‘long march’ from Rawalpindi to Islamabad, adding that the party could no longer be part of what he said was a corrupt political system.

“Those three people who conspired and tried to kill me. They are still sitting in big positions. There was no doubt that it was very difficult to travel with this leg. I want to tell one thing, especially to the young minds that I saw the death very closely. When the bullets hit my leg, I fell down and the bullets were going out from above”, stated the PTI leader as he commented on an ‘assassination attempt’ against him earlier in the month.

Khan was attacked by a gunman outside the town of Gujranwala, which his Tehreek-e-Insaf party described as an ‘assassination attempt’. It led to the death of one participant, Muazzam Nawaz, while 14 were injured including the former PM.

Prime Minister Sharif condemned the attack and said he had ordered an immediate investigation by the interior minister. The police arrested the alleged gunman, along with two more suspects.

Khan was ousted after a vote of no confidence in April. Last month, the Election Commission banned him from holding public office for five years over ‘corrupt practices’, which he strongly denied.

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