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Pakistan's Imran Khan 'stable' after fall

Pakistans Imran Khan stable after fall

Islamabad: The chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf political party Imran Khan who has been injured after falling from a makeshift stage during a campaign rally in Lahore is reported to be conscious, having suffered two fractures to his spinal column but not to his spinal cord, Al Jazeera reported.

The channel reported Khan has had no life-threatening injuries.

The cricketer turned politician fell 14 feet as he was stepping off an improvised forklift that was raising him to the top of the platform. Local TV station Geo TV aired footage of the accident and showed Khan bleeding and unconscious with a gash on his head.

The hospital, which was set up by Khan himself, told Al Jazeera earlier that they were carrying out further tests and intended to keep Khan overnight.

Al Jazeera report said the politician hit a metal rod as he fell from the forklift; there was no first aid available and no ambulance was on site at the time of the incident.

The incident in Lahore occurred on a day marked by multiple blasts targeting election rallies. In the Upper Dir district of northwest Pakistan, two people were killed and three injured after a grenade attack.

Earlier on Tuesday, an attack on a political rally of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Lower Dir's Baba Gam village killed at least six people and injured dozens more.

An improved explosive device caused the blast, near a vehicle carrying Zahir Shah, the brother of Muhammad Zamin Khan, the PPP candidate from the PK-96 constituency. Zahir Shah was killed in the attack.

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