Former Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he would lead the march to Islamabad until Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party leader Imran Khan fully recovers from injuries suffered during an assassination attempt.
Khan, who was shot in the right leg on Thursday, said on Sunday his party would resume the march from Tuesday to Islamabad from the same location where he survived an assassination attempt.
He was discharged from hospital on Sunday after undergoing successful surgery. He has now been moved to a private residence in Lahore.
Qureshi said at a large public rally at Clock Tower Chowk in Faisalabad on Sunday that Khan had asked him to lead the march in his place. He said that although he is not fully recovered, Khan will take part in the Long March in Rawalpindi, the Dawn newspaper reported.
He said the people of Faisalabad and across the country are demanding that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan resign as they are the real planners of the attack on Khan in Wazirabad.
Khan was shot in the right leg when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others mounted on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area, where he was leading the march.
The 70-year-old former prime minister and chairman of the PTI party, who underwent surgery for gunshot wounds on Thursday, was addressing a press conference at Shaukat Khanum Hospital owned by his charity.
“We have decided that our march will resume on Tuesday from the same (point) in Wazirabad where I and 11 other people were shot and where Moazzam was killed,” Khan said before he was discharged from hospital. He then reached his Zaman Park residence here.

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