Pakistan's Imran Khan leaves hospital after campaign fall

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistani cricket-hero-turned-politician Imran Khan left hospital on Wednesday after treatment for back injuries suffered in a fall in Lahore, television stations said.

Mr 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 President Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). But Mr Khan's campaign electrified many, pushing his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) from a marginal party to the country's third-largest.

Mr Khan walked out of hospital by a back exit, avoiding reporters, television said.

Mr Khan has accused the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) of killing a senior PTI member on Saturday outside her home in the upscale Defence area of 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 Mr Khan.