Pakistan Interior Minister Shot At Election Rally

Pakistan Interior Minister Shot At Election Rally

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 attack comes at a time when the ruling party PML-N faces several challenges after the courts disqualified Nawaz Sharif and former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from holding any public office for life; the country's top accountability watchdog has also launched investigations in corruption cases against several other ruling party leaders.

According to the medical superintendent, doctors had decided not to remove the bullet from Iqbal's body as the procedure could create some complications.

"The attacker was about to fire a second shot when police and people in the meeting overpowered him", he said.

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

"We are not sure whether it has got anything to do with the motive", the source said.

Azam Khan Swati also condemned the attack on the interior minister and said, "I hope Ahsan Iqbal would continue playing his role in strengthening democracy in Pakistan".

Iqbal, 59, was shot in the shoulder on Sunday after addressing the crowd gathered in his native Narowal district, Federal Minister Talal Chaudhry told local TV station Geo News.

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At the time many Pakistanis and analysts warned that a risky precedent had been set in which fringe groups could bend the state to their will by citing blasphemy, a highly inflammatory charge in the conservative Muslim country.

The suspected shooter was later taken into custody.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also condemned the attack.

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

Police said Hussain had made a confessional statement saying "he acted alone because his religious sentiments were hurt by the PML-N governments decision".

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.

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

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