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Ahsan Iqbal shifted to ICU after multiple surgeries

Ahsan Iqbal shifted to ICU after multiple surgeries

Opposition leader Sherry Rehman strongly condemned the attack and said the whole nation was united to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country.

Police have also recovered a dairy from Hussain in which he wrote down his thoughts about assassinating Iqbal.

Ahsan Iqbal, pictured in October 2017, was attacked whereas leaving a public assembly Sunday.

On Sunday evening, the interior minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a corner meeting in his constituency in Narowal. He stated Iqbal went to Narowal to mobilize assist for his re-election.

After the decision regarding the future security measures would be announced a meeting will be called with district intelligence committees in which Punjab police along with officials of other law enforcement agencies will be present. "We are interrogating him to find out whether he acted alone or at the behest of someone", he said.

"Police are investigating the matter further", the DC's letter to the Punjab chief secretary read.

The provincial police department said DIG-Investigation Waqas Nazeer will head the five-member JIT. The police took the suspected shooter, identified as Abid Hussain, into custody, The Express Tribune reported.

"The suspect belongs to a religious family and a worker of the TLYP", he said.

Amidst criticism of the accord reached with the protesters, Interior Minister Iqbal had said that while the agreement that ended the Faizabad sit-in had not been "desirable", the government had been left with little choice in the matter. The protesters chose to disperse in return for its resignation of this law minister.

A couple of months ago Iqbal had also faced a shoe-attack in his hometown.

The suspect then claimed that he hurled the shoe at him because he was not happy with the PML-N government to change the clause from the Constitution related to the finality of the Prophet.

The polls are set to be only the second ever democratic transition in the country, and are widely expected to be held late this summer.

Senator Rehman Malik vehemently condemned the murder attempt on Ahsan Iqbal and stressed forging unity to fight against the menace of terrorism.


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