COAS condemns attack on Ahsan Iqbal, wishes him a quick recovery

Ahsan Iqbal asked how can we hand over a country of 20 crore people to a clumsy man

His condition is stated to be out of danger.

In the past politically motivated attacks have also been a feature of political life in Pakistan.

Although a motive for the shooting has yet to be declared, Mr. Iqbal is a staunch supporter of Pakistan's religious minorities, often considered heretics by the country's radicalized offshoots of Sunni Islam. The bullet after brushing his arm hit the stomach. According to media reports, the interior minister is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Lahore.

Video footage of his arrival released by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) showed him being lifted from a helicopter on a stretcher, his eyes open as he responded to questions.

Sources said that Azeem and Abid Hussain had reached the incident site in a motorcycle.

Iqbal's son, Ahmad, told Geo News his father was conscious and out of danger after being airlifted to hospital.

The attacker fired with a 30-bore pistol from a distance of around 18 metres.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi "strongly condemned" the attack on Iqbal and has sought an immediate report from Punjab's police chief.

The party was born out of a protest movement supporting Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of the governor of Punjab who gunned down his boss in 2011 over his call to relax Pakistan's draconian blasphemy laws.

The attack on the interior minister highlights the issue of security of high-profile politicians ahead of the election scheduled to be held after June.

The protesting political workers took to streets in different areas of the district as soon as they heard about the attack on the minister.

The poll will pit the PML-N against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) led by former cricket star Imran Khan.

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