Political figures who survived assassination attempts

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan injured in assassination attempt

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04/11/22 | StarsInsider


Politics is a dangerous game, sometimes in a very literal sense. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan discovered this on November 3. The cricket player turned politician was the political leader in Pakistan from 2018 until April of 2022, when he was ousted from office by a vote of no confidence. Since then, he has been campaigning for an early election so that he can try to regain his position. Khan has been engaged in a "long march," traveling the country in a convoy with his supporters to protest and campaign. They reached the city of Wazirabad on Thursday and were met with crowds of people waiting to hear Khan speak. He was standing on the back of an open truck bed to make his speech when someone in the crowd opened fire.  Khan was shot in the leg, one person was killed, and 10 more were injured before the shooter was subdued by Khan's security and supporters. 

There is a great deal of speculation about the motives of the would-be assassin. Khan claims that the attack was orchestrated by the current political leaders, who he says conspired to remove him from power. Current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was quick to condemn the attack and has ordered an investigation. 

Click through this gallery to discover a long list of other political figures who survived assassination attempts.

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