ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was injured as he was shot after a political gathering of PML-N in Narowal, reported Sunday.
Iqbal was out of danger, and the attacker was arrested.
DPO Narowal Imran Kishwar, while speaking to, said the minister was shot in right arm.
“Ahsan Iqbal is being treated in Narowal district hospital. He is stable now,” the DPO said. He said the attacker, a 21-year-old suspect, has been arrested.
“The attacker is a local person. He fired only one shot before being arrested,” the DPO said.
The attack occurred near Kanjur area in Punjab's Narowal district.
Meanwhile, Ahsan Iqbal was taken to Services Hospital Lahore for surgical treatment from Narowal by helicopter.
Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said "those who do not distinguish between VIP protocol and security should know that sometimes these attacks can be fatal," she said. "We are fighting a war in Pakistan hence security is an important factor."
She urged the nation to pray for Ahsan Iqbal as he had worked a lot for Pakistan.
Anchor Shahzad Iqbal said that it was unfortunate that the country's interior minister had been injured in a firing incident. He said that the attack would make all political parties nervous and cautious as they gear up for the upcoming elections.
"We are not sure what has prompted such an attack--the amendment in the Elections Reforms Amendment Bill or something else," he said. "This will dent Pakistan's image abroad." APP/AFP