Pakistan’s Interior Minister Survives Suspected Assassination Attempt
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Survives Suspected Assassination Attempt

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Survives Suspected Assassination Attempt

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Survives Suspected Assassination Attempt

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ashan Iqbal was shot and wounded on Sunday by a gunman. It was the most serious act of violence since campaigning began for upcoming elections, expected this summer.
Iqbal, 59, was hit in the shoulder as he was leaving a political gathering in his hometown of Narowal, in Pakistan’s state of Punjab. The bullet reached his abdomen, according to local newspaper The Daily Times, NPR reported.
Iqbal was air-lifted to the nearby city of Lahore, where he was rushed into an intensive care unit. According to the newspaper, Iqbal underwent two operations—one to treat his broken elbow, and the other to see if the bullet could be removed. Iqbal’s son told the Times that he was being kept under observation but that he is out of danger.
According to Dawn newspaper, the assailant was overpowered before he could fire a second shot. He was quickly arrested. Local media identified the suspect as Abid Hussein and gave his age as 21 or 22.
The shooting comes amid campaigning for parliamentary elections due in July, which have already been thrown into disarray by a Supreme Court decision disqualifying former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging corruption scandal. Iqbal is a member of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and a staunch ally of the former premier. Another court also disqualified the country’s foreign minister.
Loyalists to Sharif see the moves as politically motivated and aimed at taking down the country’s most popular political party.
A prominent member of the governing party, which is known by its acronym PML-N, said the attack had deepened concerns about the “safety and security” of Sharif.
Zaeem Qadri said there were also concerns for Sharif’s “family and other leaders of PML-N, who will have to go to fields and different constituencies during the up-coming polls.”


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