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Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf political party, has been injured after falling from a makeshift stage during a campaign rally in Lahore.

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.

Al Jazeera's Asad Hashim, reporting from Lahore's Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital where Khan is being treated, said he is conscious, having suffered two fractures to his spinal column but not to his spinal cord.

He said Khan has had no life-threatening injuries.

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's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, 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. (Source: Aljazeera)

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  • Ceylonese Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:07 AM

    What has happened to the other poor fellows?!

    sen Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:08 AM

    funny Pakistan people.

    king of wanathey Wednesday, 08 May 2013 04:13 AM

    Get well soon Sir!!
    #from srilanka

    DeSelva Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:51 PM

    another way to win election ...sympathy votes

    Prof Wickramatillake Wednesday, 08 May 2013 04:21 AM

    Wish him get well soon..

    ANTON Wednesday, 08 May 2013 04:19 AM

    WHY DON'T OUR POLITICOS FACE THIS TYPE OF TRAGEDIES

    JAN K- UK Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:23 AM

    He should leave that hell and live a good life else where.

    JAN K- UK Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:27 AM

    you have wait a litte patiantly

    Yehiya Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:47 AM

    One of the best leader for Asia, Good leaders never elected from asia.

    Clueless Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:12 AM

    Great man. he could have made plenty of $$$ elsewhere but is in his country and with his people.

    sobers Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:16 AM

    Cricketer & Gentleman entering a murderous game! Allah be with you!

    MayIwin Silva Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:38 AM

    Imran Khan you are my hero. Get well soon.

    idroos Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:34 AM

    Mr Imran go to US or west with your principles .Asia is asia we have live and act like asians

    Nimal Wednesday, 08 May 2013 05:39 AM

    he may be drunk

    Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 08 May 2013 05:43 AM

    Men with principles cannot do politics.

    Premalal Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:51 AM

    Stage collapses at political meetings is becoming contagious.


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