The local deputy commissioner Ali Anan Qamar told AFP that the shooter said he carried out the attack over a small amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear which was hastily reversed past year after it was linked to blasphemy. Abid is reportedly a resident of Narowal.
In February, a man named Bilal Haris hurled a shoe at the interior minister who was about to address a workers' convention in Narowal.
"The minister luckily survived". The police source went on to say that a report will be submitted to the Punjab district government and more details will be shared on Monday.
MNA Pervaiz Malik termed the incident fortunate.
"Allah may always keep Ahsan Iqbal in His protection".
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Doctors later said he was in stable condition. On the advice of doctors he was shifted to Lahore, Marriyum informed.
Senior police officer Imran Kishwar mentioned the attacker was instantly arrested, and that the inside minister was out of hazard.
It follows a series of blows to the PML-N, which has been struggling to find its footing since its eponymous leader Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court over graft allegations last summer.
The Pakistani minister said that coal-powered energy projects with total power generation capacity of 1,320MW electricity have already been completed at Sahiwal in Punjab and at Port Qasim in southeastern port city of Karachi. "We were deeply hurt when Imran Khan abused Pakistan army, judiciary, election commission and other constitutional institutions", she added. What message we wanted to give to the world, he questioned.
PML-N lawmaker Maiza Hameed told Pakistan's Geo News that the shooting was an attempt to "weaken democracy" ahead of the upcoming elections.
"He is being treated at the district headquarters hospital in Narowal".
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack on the minister.