Injured Imran won't cast Pakistan vote

2013-05-09 13:00
Rescue workers rush Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician to hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. (File, AP)

Rescue workers rush Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician to hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. (File, AP)

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Islamabad - Cricket star turned Pakistani politician Imran Khan will not be able to vote in landmark elections on Saturday as his doctors insist he needs to stay in hospital, officials said.

Khan, who as head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has electrified the campaign with calls for change, suffered fractured vertebrae and a broken rib on Tuesday when he fell from a lift taking him to the stage at a rally.

"It is impossible," Khwaja Nazir, a spokesman for the Shaukat Khanum hospital said when asked if Khan would visit his constituency to vote on Saturday.

"His doctors are not allowing him to move out of the hospital, though he wants to move around," Nazir said.

PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari said: "I don't think he will be physically able to go and poll his vote, and the date for postal ballot has expired."

"His health and safety is more important than anything else. He has to be stable first because at the moment he is not even walking."

Doctors expect Khan to make a full recovery, but have not yet specified how long he will need to remain in hospital.

"In the next two days, we will be in a better position to inform you about how many more days we will need to keep him in hospital. But his recovery is much faster than expectations," Doctor Faisal Sultan told reporters.

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