Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in gun attack

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in gun attack

"The nation wants to know why Rs 1000 was distributed", Nawaz Sharif while talking to media representatives at the National Accountability in Islamabad.

Police have identified the culprit as 21-year-old Abid Hussain, of Neelum village in Narowal, Punjab province.

On Sunday, Ahsan Iqbal suffered a bullet wound in his right shoulder in a firing incident in a corner meeting at Kanjroor in Narowal.

Iqbal's son, Ahmad, told Geo News his father was conscious and out of danger after being airlifted to hospital. "We will never let elections be postponed", he added.

"Religious, ethnic, and political divide and oppositions are used for personal and sectarian interest", Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif said in a tweet.

Police are still investigating the attack, but local deputy commissioner Ali Anan Qamar told AFP that the shooter said he was inspired by a controversy previous year in which a small amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear had to be hastily reversed after it was linked to blasphemy.

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The suspect then claimed that he hurled the shoe at him because he was not happy with the PML-N government to change the clause from the Constitution related to the finality of the Prophet.

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

Iqbal is also a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). However, it is not known whether there was more than one assailant.

According to police, Hussain was armed when he arrived at the crime scene at around 03:00 pm, putting question mark on the security arrangements that how can an armed man was able to reach so close to the Federal Interior Minister.

Abid Hussain in custody after being arrested following the attack on Ahsan Iqbal.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi "strongly condemned" the attack on Iqbal and called for an immediate report into the incident by the chief of police in the vast Punjab province.

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