May 22 - Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan leaves hospital after treatment for back injuries suffered in fall during political rally. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pakistani cricket-player-turned-politician Imran Khan left the hospital on Wednesday (May 22) after treatment for back injuries suffered in a fall in Lahore, television stations said. Khan, who has been fitted with a spinal brace to aid recovery, fell from a fork-lift taking him to a poll campaign podium on May 7. A general election four days later handed a landslide victory to Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). But Khan's campaign electrified many, pushing his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) from a marginal party to the country's third-largest. Khan walked out of hospital by a back exit, avoiding reporters, local televisions said. Khan has accused the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) of killing a senior PTI member on Saturday (May 18) outside her home in Karachi, capping a bloody election in which about 150 people were killed nationwide. MQM leaders condemned the killing by unidentified gunman and demanded a retraction from Khan.