Islamabad: The person who attacked Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik.
As reported by the Tribune on Monday, Deputy Commissioner Narowal sent a preliminary report to the Chief Secretary of government, which depicted the attacker as an affiliate to Tehreek-e-Labbaik.
The attacker, identified as Abid Hussain, had shot the interior minister from a distance of 15 yards as he was leaving a corner meeting.
Further Minister Iqbal has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at Lahore’s Services Hospital following double surgeries on Monday.
Medical Superintendent Services Hospital Dr Ameer claimed the bullet had not been removed from the body, however, Dr Professor Mehmood Ayaz, who conducted one of the surgeries, had earlier said the bullet was removed from the interior minister’s body.
Earlier in the day Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Iqbal was flown to Lahore after receiving initial treatment at District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) in Narowal.
The Govt. of Punjab took to the Twitter account to inform that Minister Iqbal looks in astable condition.
“After initial treatment at DHQ Narowal, Ahsan Iqbal has been moved to Lahore. Chief Minister Punjab @CMShehbaz receives him. Ahsan Iqbal sahib looks stable Alhumdulillah”, The Govt. of Pakistan tweeted.
Further a case of attempted murder has been registered against the suspect.
A First Information Report was filed at the Ghareeb Shah police station stating that the interior was leaving a corner meeting when he was fired upon with a 30-bore pistol by the assailant, Abid Hussain.
The bullet grazed Iqbal’s arm and lodged itself in his abdomen.
A second suspect, Azeem, was earlier arrested by the police.
Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan is an Islamist political party in Pakistan. The movement was founded by Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
The Punjab Home Department on Monday formed a four-member joint investigation team to probe the attack on Iqbal.
It has been further told by a police officer that the accused had confessed that the incident was an act of reprisal for his alleged role to amend the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat clause in the election bill.
Earlier in 2017 Pakistan National Assembly unanimously passed amendments to the Election Act 2017 to reinstate clauses 7A and 7B relate to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (the finality of the prophethood).