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Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal was shot and injured in Narowal district of Punjab on Sunday evening.

Ahsan Iqbal, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was attacked during a corner meeting of the party in the Qasba Kanjrod area of Narowal.

The shooting took place when Iqbal was leaving the meeting, which was held at MPA Rana Manan’s residence. Police said the minister received two bullets to his arm.
The attacker, identified as Abid Hussain, was arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location.
Iqbal was first driven to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital from where he was airlifted in a Punjab government helicopter to Lahore’s Services Hospital.
Iqbal later took to Twitter and thanked Allah Almighty for surviving the vicious attack on his life.

“Allah Almighty hs been very kind. We request all friends and wellwishers to remember him their special prayers. — at Services Institute Of Medical Sciences,” he tweeted.
Earlier, State Minister for Interior Tallal Chaudry told a private TV channel that Iqbal was out of danger. The arrested suspect was between 20-22 years old, he said, adding that he was being interrogated.

“Ahsan Iqbal was targeted and shot in the arm,” Asim Khan, a special aide to the politician, told AFP. “He is out of danger and being taken to a medical facility in Lahore. The attacker has been arrested.”

Malik Ahmed Khan, a spokesman for the Punjab government, told AFP that Iqbal had been attending the meeting in his constituency in Narowal when he was shot in the right arm.

“The attacker was about to fire a second shot when police and people in the meeting overpowered him,” Khan said, adding that Iqbal was undergoing surgery and confirming his life was not in danger.

The attack on Iqbal comes as the ruling party is struggling to regain its footing ahead of the coming general elections after a series of blows to its top leaders.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was deposed by the Supreme Court last year over graft allegations and has been banned from politics for life, while foreign minister Khawaja Asif was also removed by the court late last month for violating election laws.

“Religious, ethnic, and political divide and oppositions are used for personal and sectarian interest. May Allah bless Ahsan Iqbal with life. No one will remain spared from this hatred. This menace of hatred will destroy everything. For God’s sake, together we have to work for our country,” Asif said in an Urdu tweet, condemning the attack on Iqbal.
Iqbal, who was touted as a potential prime minister when Sharif was ousted last July, is a US-

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