The world is condemning attack on former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan during his party’s protest march.

The United States on Thursday, while condemning the attack, said violence has no place in politics and America is deeply committed to a democratic and peaceful Pakistan.

“The United States strongly condemns the shooting of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and others at a political rally. We wish Imran Khan and all others who were injured a quick and thorough recovery, and we offer our condolences to the family of the individual who was killed,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

“Violence has no place in politics, and we call on all parties to refrain from violence, harassment, and intimidation. The United States is deeply committed to a democratic and peaceful Pakistan, and we stand with the Pakistani people,” Mr. Blinken said in a statement.

Khan sustained bullet injury on his leg when a gunman opened fire on the container-mounted-truck carrying him during his protest march in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The former prime minister was leading the long march to Islamabad demanding early elections.

The White House also condemned the attack.

“The United States strongly condemns the attack on Imran Khan and his supporters and hopes for the swift recovery of all who were injured,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One while travelling with President Joe Biden to New Mexico.

“Violence has no place in politics. We call on all parties to remain peaceful and refrain from violence,” she said in response to a question.

“Terrible news today about former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Political violence, whether in #Pakistan or in the US, is never acceptable,”. I send my best wishes for his recovery and for a peaceful political process in Pakistan,” tweeted Congressman Brad Sherman.

CANADA: PrimeMinister Justine Trudeau wrote on his Twitter handle that “the attack on Imran Khan and his supporters is completely unacceptable, and I strongly condemn this violence. It has no place in politics, in any democracy, or in our society. I’m wishing a speedy recovery to Imran and all who were injured today,” Trudeau wrote on his official Twitter handle.

SAUDI ARABIA: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also strongly condemned the attack on former prime minister Khan and his party leaders. Riyadh shared its statement on Twitter, denouncing the “attempted assassination”.

BRITAIN: British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly wrote on the microblogging site, “There is no space for violence in politics.”

GERMANY: German ambassador to Pakistan Alfred Grannas “shocked to learn about the attack on” Imran Khan, saying: “Important that the situation remains peaceful.”

EUROPEAN UNION: A delegation of European Union (EU) to Pakistan said that violence is any form is wrong and unacceptable.

INDIA: Reuters quoted Indian foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi as saying: “It’s a development that just took place. We’re closely keeping an eye on and we’ll continue to monitor ongoing developments.”

MUFTI MENK: Renowned religious scholar Mufti Menk expressed shock and sadness over the news. “I wish him well and a speedy recovery. Violence in all forms is totally wrong and unacceptable, no matter what our differences may be,” he added.

PM SHEHBAZ SHARIF: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the Wazirabad attack and sought a report from the interior minister.

In a series of tweets, the PM prayed for early recovery and health of the PTI chairman and other injured people and condemned the firing. Seeking a report from the interior minister, the prime minister stated the federal government would extend all support necessary to the Punjab government for security and investigation. “Violence should have no place in our country’s politics,” he maintained.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousufzai said that attacks on leaders of any political belief or party are always wrong. “Violence is never an acceptable protest. Wishing Imran Khan a full recovery.”

HRCP: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) tweeted that the “attack on Imran Khan must be unequivocally condemned. All political parties have the right to hold peaceful assemblies and to expect security from the state when doing so.

Pakistan Army: The Pakistan Army has “highly condemned” the firing incident during PTI’s long march near Gujranwala.

According to Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), the military offered sincere prayers for precious life lost and the speedy recovery and well-being of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and all those injured in this unfortunate incident.

ASIF ZARDARI: Former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari condemned the incident, urging authorities concerned to conduct a full investigation.

The former president also prayed for the speedy recovery of Khan.

BALOCHISTAN CM: Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo strongly denounced the audacious armed attack on PTI leadership during the long march in Gujranwala.

Khan is said to be safe and under treatment in Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

Wishing for the fast recovery of the injured, Bizinjo said the perpetrators would be brought to justice without delay. 

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