Lahore - Fighter as he has been, Imran Khan sprang back from a fall at a campaign rally to appeal to the people from hospital bed: “Seize the moment of change.”

Injured, with 11 stitches to his head and a compression to backbone, the PTI chief lifted up the spirits of his party men, who, for a moment, had flashes of painful memories of elections 2008 when a popular leader was assassinated in the run-up.

Imran was seemingly pulled by his own guards and a couple of ‘strangers’ down a 15-foot forklift transporting him to a high-rise stage for address to a rally in Lahore’s Ghalib Market late Tuesday evening. Seeing Imran bleeding and transported to hospital sent shockwaves amongst his party men, fans and the general public who have seen a hope in him. However, Imran re-emerged soon on the national TVs to keep their hopes going so close to the D-Day, the May 11 polling.

The doctors at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, where Imran is being treated now, have advised him rest for at least a couple of weeks, thereby his inability to lead rallies. Keeping in view of the selflessness he has been embodying for a cause of ‘New Pakistan’, in all probability Imran may continue to lead his party men from the hospital bed – much to the envy of his adversaries.

Talking to the media after preliminary tests, Imran urged the masses to remember the cause Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf stands for and vote only for PTI candidates. He also reminded the people ‘God helps only those who help themselves’.

In a strong message in the weakest of his moments, Imran thanked Pakistan for giving him so much, and reaffirmed his resolve to pay the country back.

Eye-witnesses said Imran fell 15-foot down the forklift, giving rise to speculations about a conspiracy against him.

Imran was first taken to a nearby hospital by party leaders and then shifted to Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

Rescue 1122 which usually travels with VIPs and major party chiefs to cope with a possible emergency, was not present. Rescue officials, however, reached the Gulberg hospital to shift Imran to Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

In his brief message from the ICU of Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Imran said the people must fight for the future of their children on May 11 and vote for the ideology of change. He said that the people, instead of voting for tribes and clans, should vote for PTI candidates to bring about a change in the country.

He further said he has been doing for the country whatsoever was in his capacity, but now he wanted the people to realise the role they themselves can play for changing their destiny. “You, the people, have to decide if you want to carry on as it is or bring about a change,” he said. “The way you, the people, have sustained the last five years, you will not be able to face sufferings any further,” he added.

Earlier, PTI spokesman Shafqat Mehmood said there were flaws on the part of the management, but the absence of Rescue 1122 and other security arrangements indicated slackness of the government.

Shafqat said Imran Khan’s participation in the election drive would be decided according to the advice of the doctors.

Thousands of the PTI activists who had gathered at Ghalib Mraket to listen to their party chief were gripped by the shock. Scores of youth were seen crying and praying for Imran’s recovery – yet another sign of his deep-rooted popularity amongst the country’s youth.

City roads, leading to Shaukat Khanum Hospital, were jammed due to PTI activists’ movement. Party leaders and thousands of die-hard workers gathered outside the hospital. They were also seen praying for the recovery of the PTI’s skipper. Bouts of jubilation erupted outside the hospital when the news came that Imran was out of danger.

Dr Shafiq at Fazal Hospital, who gave Imran Khan first aid, told the media that the PTI chairman sustained a head injury and received 11 stitches.

Shaukat Khanum Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Faisal Sultan told media people that Imran would remain in the hospital till final decision to be taken regarding discharging him from the hospital on Wednesday (today). Dr Faisal said Imran sustained a head injury, besides backbone stress, but he was out of danger now.

He said that CT scan and other tests were carried out and he was given pain killers for immediate relief from stress.

Meanwhile, investigating departments and intelligence agencies are probing the matter focusing on the possibility of a conspiracy to target the popular leader of the country.

Moreover, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, Chief Election Commissioner Fakhar-ud-Din G Ibrahim, JI Amir Munawar Hassan, JUI-F Amir Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan Awami Tehrik head Dr Tahirul Qadri, Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Aftab Sherpao, CMs and governors of KPK, Sindh and Balochistan and many PTI leaders prayed for Imran Khan’s early recovery.

Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital to enquire after the PTI chairman and told media people that Imran Khan was out of danger.

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif halted their election campaigns of their parties to express sympathy with Imran Khan and his followers.