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Pakistan's Imran Khan Recovering After Fall

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A supporter of Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), lays flowers outside Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to pray for his quick recovery in Lahore May 8, 2013.

A supporter of Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), lays flowers outside Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to pray for his quick recovery in Lahore May 8, 2013.

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan is recovering in the hospital after a fall that essentially ends his public campaigning in the run-up to elections this Saturday.

Doctors treated the leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party for injuries to his head and back after he fell more than four meters Tuesday from a raised platform at an election rally in Lahore.

Imran Khan cheers his supporters after his visit to the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder and first governor-general of Pakistan, during an election campaign in Karachi, May 7, 2013.

Imran Khan cheers his supporters after his visit to the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder and first governor-general of Pakistan, during an election campaign in Karachi, May 7, 2013.

​Khan's injuries are not life-threatening, but doctors say they have advised the 60-year-old politician to stay in bed and rest for about a week.

A televised statement that Khan gave overnight from his hospital bed urged people to vote for his PTI party in the May 11 elections.

This week's vote will mark a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half of its history by the military. It will be the first time a civilian government has served a full term and handed power to another through the ballot box.
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