Pakistan interior minister shot, wounded in suspected assassination bid

Pakistan interior minister shot, wounded in suspected assassination bid

Pakistan interior minister shot, wounded in suspected assassination bid

Ahsan Iqbal, who was shot in the arm Sunday evening during a rally in his constituency Narowal, is now under treatment in Lahore.

"I can't tell you the motive at this stage due to security reasons", Narowal police chief Imran Kishwar told Reuters.

"Shooter is only a vehicle, those patronizing them, those inciting them for political gains and those using them to settle score are real culprits", Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter of former premier, said in her tweet after the attack on Iqbal.

"The man who opened fire on the interior minister belongs to the religious outfit - TLYP".

Shehbaz Sharif has reportedly sent his official helicopter to Narowal to airlift Iqbal to Lahore. "Thank God, he is out of danger". The protesters chose to disperse in return for its resignation of this law minister. The suspect then claimed that he committed the act because he was upset with the PML-N government over the change to the offending clause in the Constitution.

Revealing the condition of the minister, Medical Superintendent of the Services Hospital, Dr Ameer, said Iqbal was in a stable condition but hastened to add that he will be kept under observation for 24 hours.




"Tehreek-e-Labaik is an unarmed struggle to bring the Prophet's religion to the throne", Rizvi said.

A US-educated lawmaker from a political family long associated with the PML-N, he is considered the brains behind the party's development agenda and previously headed up the planning ministry. "We will know only after investigation of the attacker".

Amidst criticism of the accord reached with the protesters, Interior Minister Iqbal had said that while the agreement that ended the Faizabad sit-in had not been "desirable", the government had been left with little choice in the matter.

Militant attacks in Pakistan have fallen sharply over the past few years, but Islamist fighters continue to pose a threat and carry out assassinations.

Despite the setbacks facing the PML-N, the party has won a string of recent by-elections, proving it will likely remain a force in the vote. Many of their most prominent candidates were prevented from campaigning openly.

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