Proposal to shift Ahsan Iqbal to Sharif Medical Complex under consideration

10 May, 2018, 06:46 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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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).

According to the police, a suspect has been taken into custody from the spot, who confessed to firing gunshot on the minister over the Khatm-i-Nabuwat issue. "Just spoke to him [Iqbal] and he is in high spirits", Sharif said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described the incident as an "assassination attempt".

Police said Hussain had made a confessional statement saying "he acted alone because his religious sentiments were hurt by the PML-N governments decision. I am personally overseeing the investigation".

Labaik's leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, condemned the attack on Iqbal and said his party had not authorized anyone to take up arms.

Narowal District Police Officer Imran Kishwar said that the assailant shot the minister with a pistol from a distance of 20 yards.


According to the doctors, Iqbal's bone was fractured after a bullet pierced through his right shoulder.

Shafqat Waseem Chaudhry, one of the five-member medical team responsible for him, told AFP Monday that he was "stable" but will remain in the intensive care unit for two days.

Similarly, Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi also condemned the attack on Ahsan Iqbal and asked the workers of all political parties to play their role in uniting the nation. "Allah Almighty has been very kind".

"Religious, ethnic, and political divide and oppositions are used for personal and sectarian interest", Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif said in a tweet. "This menace of hatred will destroy everything".

The vote will only be Pakistan's second-ever democratic transition, and with the PMLN in disarray since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court over graft allegations last summer, there has been growing speculation it could be delayed.

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. "Sadly, intolerance and violence are becoming endemic in our society".

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