Pakistan minister Ahsan Iqbal shot at, attacker nabbed; sad, says Malala

Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Interior Minister, assassination, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was injured on Sunday in an assassination attempt when an unidentified man opened fire at him in Punjab province after he addressed a political rally, police said.

Following the incident, prominent Pakistani educational activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned the attack.

Iqbal, 59, was hit by a bullet on his right shoulder in the attack in his native Narowal’s Kanjrur Tehsil after he addressed a rally, the police said.

Terming the incident as “sad”, Malala, who is pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Oxford University was quoted by Geo TV as saying, “I wish that every Pakistani [person] remains safe and that no one’s life is in danger. I hope for a Pakistan where everyone lives peacefully.”

The Nobel laureate further said that she was thankful to God that the murder attempt on Iqbal did not end up being fatal and prayed for his quick recovery.

The incident took place when the US-educated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was leaving the rally.

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