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    Ahsan Iqbal Pakistan's Minister of Planning and Development speaks with a Reuters correspondent during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan June 12, 2017. Picture taken June 12, 2017

    Pakistani Interior Minister Survives Assassination Attempt at Rally in Narowal

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    Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was sent to hospital after he had been wounded in a gun attack during a rally in Narowal located in the eastern region of Pakistan's Punjub province.

    Iqbal was shot on the right shoulder while he was in his car being about to leave a public meeting in Narowal where the minister held a speech, the politician's aide Asim Khan confirmed.

    "He is out of danger and being taken to a medical facility in Lahore. The attacker has been arrested," the official added.

    Media reported that the shooter was a resident of Narowal aged between 20-22 years. A pistol was recovered from the detained assailant. Investigation is currently underway.

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    The son of the minister, Ahmed, told the Geo Television Network that Iqbal was conscious and out of danger. 

    The country's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has condemned the attack, which comes as Pakistan is preparing for general elections due to take place in summer. The suspected assassination attempt is believed to raise political tensions in the country ahead of the vote.

    The Chief Minister of the Punjub province Shehbaz Sharif denounced the incident as "heinous act."




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