Praying for Ahsan Iqbal quick recovery: Malala Yousafzai

Praying for Ahsan Iqbal quick recovery: Malala Yousafzai

He is also the minister for planning, development and reforms.

Azam Khan Swati also condemned the attack on the interior minister and said, "I hope Ahsan Iqbal would continue playing his role in strengthening democracy in Pakistan".

The attacker was immediately arrested after the incident in Narowal district.

Police said the bullet had hit Iqbal in the right arm and gone into his groin.

Meanwhile, police have booked suspect Abid Hussain, 21, under attempted murder and terrorism charges of Pakistan Penal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act.

After being rushed to a nearby hospital, Iqbal was taken by helicopter to Lahore, capital of Punjab.

Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq strongly condemning assassination attempt on Interior Minister said that such elements would not be allowed to disturb law and order in the country.

Iqbal later tweeted thanking God that he had survived the attack.

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DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor quoted Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa as saying that he (the COAS) condemned the attack on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and expressed his best wishes for an early recovery.

In 2011 then-Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, a liberal who had called for reformation of the laws, was gunned down by his own bodyguard in broad daylight in Islamabad.

"PML-N will not be browbeaten into submission", said Shehbaz, dropping a hint that the shooting may be a work of the anti-PML-N forces whom his brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has lately been dubbing as "aliens". While dozens are on death row for blasphemy, no one has been executed in recent decades.

"Tehreek-e-Labaik is an unarmed struggle to bring the Prophet's religion to the throne", Rizvi said.

The attack was swiftly condemned by the global community, including the U.S. ambassador and the French embassy, as Pakistanis voiced fears it represented an attempt to "weaken democracy" ahead of the federal elections, widely expected to be held late this summer.

A senior government source told Reuters news agency that early information suggested Iqbal had been returning from a meeting with a Christian group. "We request all friends and well wishers to remember him their special prayers - at Services Institute Of Medical Sciences", he said.

The Punjab government today constituted a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the attack on Iqbal.

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