Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has been wounded in his shoulder, after unidentified gunman fired shots at an election rally in central Punjab province, according to officials.
Iqbal, 59, was shot after addressing the crowd gathered in his native Narowal district, Federal Minister Talal Chaudhry told local TV station Geo News.
One of the shooters has been arrested and being interrogated by the police. Ahsan Iqbal is being treated at DHQ hospital Narowal and later in the day, he was reported to be out of danger.
Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent from Pakistan reported that at least one man had been arrested at the scene of the attack, adding that investigations were ongoing Pakistani Prime Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office issued a statement condemning the attack. “The prime minister has called for an immediate report into the incident from IG Police Punjab.” Iqbal’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party will complete its five-year tenure in government later this month, with Pakistan due to hold a general parliamentary election in July. Iqbal was made interior minister last year, but has been a member of the cabinet since the PML-N came into power in the 2013 elections. He is also the head of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.