Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal escapes assassination bid

07 May, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in gun attack

On Sunday, Iqbal was shot by an assassin during a corner meeting in Narowal's Kanjrur tehsil with a 30-bore pistol from a distance of 20 yards.

The bullet hit the minister's right shoulder.

The attacker was immediately arrested after the incident in Narowal district.

Tallal Chaudhary, state interior minister, said the attacker has been shifted to an unknown location, where he is being interrogated.

Abid's accomplice Azeem, a resident of Mansoor Pura, has also been arrested, according to police sources.

"Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal survived assassination attempt in Narowal he received a bullet on his arm he is injured but out of danger this is a clear effort to delay the coming elections", tweeted journalist Hamid Mir.

He is now undergoing treatment in a hospital.

Police had increased security at the hospital and high-ups visited the medical facility to check the security arrangements. He said Mr Iqbal was conscious and talking to people around him.

The suspected shooter was later taken into custody. He feared that this incident could be a conspiracy to delay the upcoming general elections.

Many of its supporters say PML-N, despite repeated denials, wants to ease the blasphemy laws.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister, condemned the attack as Pakistan prepares for federal elections expected this summer.

Considered the brains behind the party's development agenda, he previously headed up the planning ministry. Authorities ministers and opposition leaders condemned the assault.

Tehreek-e-Labaik, whose name means Movement of the Prophet's Followers, is a political grouping with no known links to the various militants - including the Pakistani Taliban - that have carried out bombings and other attacks in Pakistan.


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