Pakistan's Interior Minister injured in assassination attempt

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot and injured by unknown assailants in Narowal's tehsil Kanjrur here on Sunday sources informed Geo News

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot and injured by unknown assailants in Narowal's tehsil Kanjrur here on Sunday sources informed Geo News

After the shooting he was rushed first to a local hospital and then airlifted to Lahore, where video footage released by his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) showed him being lowered from a helicopter on a stretcher, his eyes open as he responded to questions.

His condition is stated to be out of danger. The bullet after brushing his arm hit the stomach.

Considered the brains behind the PML-N's development agenda, Iqbal previously headed Pakistan's Planning Ministry.

Talal Chaudhry, the Minister of State for Inside Affairs, says Inside Minister Ahsan Iqbal was returning to his automotive after a gathering in Narowal district when he got here below assault.

A suspect was arrested at the scene and was being interrogated by police on last night (May 06).

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"The suspect belongs to a religious family and is a worker of the TLYP".

Iqbals son confirmed that his father is out of danger. Police recovered a pistol from his possession which had nine bullets when security personnel arrested him. He said that the attack on Ahsan Iqbal is saddening.

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

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

Late a year ago, some changes were made to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat declaration required of prospective lawmakers under new laws drafted by the ruling PML-N in consultation with opposition parties.

He said the bullet had also penetrated the right elbow joint of the minister.

"Police are investigating the attack and we will know how he (attacker) was able to reach so close to the minister", he said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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