Imran Khan injured in fall at election rally

Imran Khan has promised to cut down on tax evasion and corruption
Imran Khan has promised to cut down on tax evasion and corruption Photo: Reuters

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan injured his head after falling off a mechanical lift raising him onto a stage at an election rally today.

Khan fell as the lift was just short of the 15ft-high platform in the eastern city of Lahore, witnesses said.

Television footage showed the dazed leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party being led away to hospital with blood on his head.

Party spokesman Shafqat Mahmood said: "He is not in any danger. He is having tests but his injuries seem minor.

Dr Faisal Sultan from the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital added:

Imran has a head injury but he is stable, talking and recognising people. We will conduct some tests and further examination.

The politician's ex-wife Jemima Khan also tweeted that the former cricketer was recovering in hospital:

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He's in hospital & conscious now RT @bbcbreaking: Pak politician Imran Khan injured in fall from stage at election rally

Khan's PTI is not expected to win the 11 May poll, but could be a major partner in a coalition government.

He has promised to cut down on tax evasion and corruption that have bled Pakistan's treasury dry.

Khan was part of a Pakistani team that won the cricket World Cup in 1992.

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