Interior minister survives gun attack

Interior minister survives gun attack

Interior minister survives gun attack

The shooter carried out the attack over a minor amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear, which was quickly reversed a year ago after it was linked to blasphemy, local deputy commissioner Ali Anan Qamar said.

The 59-year-old Iqbal is a US -educated politician long associated with the party Sharif previously led, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

After being rushed to a nearby hospital, Iqbal was taken by helicopter to Lahore, capital of Punjab.

Abid Hussain appeared before the anti-terror court in Gujranwala city in Punjab province, where he was remanded into custody for ten days, police official Chaudhry Tariq told AFP.

His remarks came in apparent reference to the distribution of Rs 1000 by Pakistan army to activists of Tehreek-e-Labaik - a new ultra-religious political party - each when they were released following an agreement reached between the federal government and Tehreek-e-Labaik which eventually ended a 21-day long sit-in at Faizabad over the issue of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat. "We request all friends and well wishers to remember him their special prayers - at Services Institute Of Medical Sciences", he said.

According to Dawn newspaper, the assailant was overpowered before he could fire a second shot.

The organization is known for calling on the government to enforce the country's blasphemy laws, which - in some cases - can lead to the death penalty.

Pakistan's interior minister has been shot and wounded in the shoulder by a gunman following a public meeting.

On the other hand, condemning the assassination attempt on the interior minister, Senator Lieutenant General (r) Abdul Qayyum said the reasons behind the incident should be analysed in depth in order to formulate an effective strategy to counter extremism in Pakistan.

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

Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini condemned murder attempt on interior minister and urged all political forces to show unity to eliminate terrorism from the country.

He said the bullet had also penetrated the right elbow joint of the minister.

Iqbal was once seen as a potential prime minister when Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court past year.

The TLYR, which claims to be a defender of the honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), announced its disassociation from the attacker and strongly condemned the shooting at the minister.

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