Gunman Injures Pakistan Interior Minister

10 May, 2018, 06:46 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Pakistan's interior minister survives assassination attempt during political rally, shifted to Lahore for treatment

Iqbal, touted as a potential prime minister when Sharif was ousted last July, is a USA -educated lawmaker from a political family long associated with the PMLN.

Iqbal was leaving a venue after addressing a rally in his hometown Narowal, 150 kms from Lahore, at 6.15 pm when Hussain fired at him, injuring his arm and stomach.

"The doctors have decided not to remove the bullet from Iqbal's body as the procedure could create some complications", said the medic.

An earlier notification issued by the provincial police department today had stated that the DIG Investigation Waqas Nazeer would head the five-member JIT.

The suspect is a resident of Narowal district and belongs to a local religious group, Lateef said; a revolver used in the attack on the minister was also recovered from him.

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"Tehreek-e-Labbaik Yarasoolallah Pakistan (TLYP) - in November previous year and made a decision to kill blasphemers", Hussain said. "We request all friends and well wishers to remember him their special prayers - at Services Institute Of Medical Sciences", he said.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the assassination attempt on the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was not a minor incident, adding such incidents would continue to occur if Rs 1000 was distributed among extremists.

The Station House Officer of the Shah Gharib Police Station has been suspended for providing inadequate security arrangements to the interior minister, Geo TV reported.

According to the police, a suspect has been taken into custody from the spot, who confessed to firing gunshot on the minister over the Khatm-i-Nabuwat issue.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack.

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The attack was swiftly condemned by the global community as Pakistanis voiced fears it represented an attempt to weaken democracy ahead of the federal elections.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif vowed via Twitter, "Those who indulged in this heinous act will be brought to justice".

Iqbal was once seen as a potential prime minister when Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court a year ago.

A couple of months ago Iqbal had also faced a shoe-attack in his hometown.

In 2011 then-Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, a liberal who had called for reformation of the laws, was gunned down by his own bodyguard in broad daylight in Islamabad.

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