Ahsan Iqbal Recovering After Gun Attack

Ahsan Iqbal Recovering After Gun Attack

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.

After the shooting he was rushed first to a local hospital and then airlifted to Lahore, where video footage released by his ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party showed him being lowered from a helicopter on a stretcher, his eyes open as he responded to questions.

The gunmen told police that he attempted to assassinate the minister because he was among the ruling party's members who changed a religious law a year ago. The Punjab government said the suspect was identified as a local 20 to 22-year-old from the Shah Gharib precinct. According to the news agency, that report said the gunman is affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labaik, a religious movement that calls for the aggressive enforcement of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which can carry the death penalty.

The Punjab government reconstituted a joint investigation team (JIT) an hour after it was formed to probe the attack on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

TLYP is a radical Islamic party which is known for its widespread street power and massive protests against any change to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Ashan Iqbal was shot and wounded on Sunday by a gunman reportedly linked to a hard-line Muslim group.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack.

Three LeT militants killed in Chatabal encounter says Police
Meanwhile, a policeman was shot at and wounded in Pulwama by suspected militants. "Ahmad succumbed to critical bullet injuries". The official said a CRPF officer suffered minor injuries during the gunfight and has been admitted to a hospital.

Condemning the attack on the interior minister, Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini urged all political forces to assemble on a single platform to eliminate terrorism from the country.

Another court also disqualified the country's foreign minister.

A senior police officer told The Express Tribune that the accused had targeted PML-N leader as an act of reprisal for his alleged role in amending Namoos-e-Risalat clause in the election bill.

Prime Minister Shahid Khatab Abbasi strongly condemned the attack and asked for a report from provincial authorities.

Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto and other Pakistan Peoples Party leaders also condemned the attack, as did Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

The party, now being headed by Shehbaz, has been struggling to find its footing since Nawaz was ousted by the Supreme Court over graft allegations last summer.

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