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Shooter of Ahsan Iqbal, Abid Hussain, 21, Caught and Behind the Bars

By Maryam Iraj

The Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, 59, was shot in Narowal yesterday and has been airlifted to Lahore immediately after receiving initial care at a local government hospital in Narowal. A rescue services spokesperson, Jam Sajjad Hussain, told that Iqbal was getting into his vehicle to leave the rally when a “young man” fired at him “several times”, but luckily he got only two shots.

According to the Government of Punjab’s official Twitter handle, the shooter has been arrested and is under investigation. The suspect, believed to be in his early 20s, and was taken into police custody on the spot.

A tweet was made from Ahsan Iqbal’s account three hours ago to confirm that he was out of danger:

Ahmed Iqbal, son of Ahsan Iqbal, told the local media that first aid was given to his father at the DHQ.

“My father is out of danger now, but we are shifting him to Lahore for medical care,” he said and urged the nation to pray for his father’s speedy recovery. 

A copy of the national identity card of the shooter, Abid Hussain.

Provincial authorities and Iqbal’s son, Ahmad Iqbal, said the minister had not suffered any life-threatening wounds.

The perpetrator, identified as Abid Hussain, confessed to his crime saying that he attacked the lawmaker over the Khatm-e-Nabuwat issue and that it was his individual act.

FIA generated travel history of the shooter, Abid Hussain, 21, showing his date of birth as 13 May 1995.

An eyewitness told that people accompanying the minister grabbed the shooter, beat him up and handed him over to police for further interrogation.

The suspect, Abid Hussain, told interrogators that he was a  member of a religious party and did it over KhattameNubawat issue. 

Pakistan’s interior minister, Ahsan Iqbal, received two bullet wounds as shown in the following x-rays.

“Ahsan Iqbal was targeted and shot in the arm,” told Asim Khan, a special aide to the politician, to AFP. “He is out of danger and being taken to a medical facility in Lahore.”

Pelvic X-ray of the Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, of the bullet showing as the white dot .

Television footage shows a prone Iqbal being wheeled into the government-run hospital in Narowal following the attack. He was later moved to Lahore’s Services Hospital for further treatment as the medical facility was not deemed efficient for the minister by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif.

Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, is monitoring the security of the hospital himself and is by the side of the injured Iqbal.

Following twitter footage shows, CM Shahbaz Sharif, at the Services Hospital:

Pakistani Prime Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office issued a statement condemning the attack.

“The prime minister has called for an immediate report into the incident from IG Police Punjab.”

According to the schedule, Pakistan will have its general parliamentary elections in July 2018 as Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party will complete its five-year tenure in government later this month,

In 2017, Iqbal, 59, was appointed as interior minister, but has been a member of the cabinet since PML-N came into power in the 2013 elections. He is also the head of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.

X-ray of the elbow
Following poster features the shooter, Abid Hussain, 21.

Shooting of  Ahsan Iqbal received international attention.  Along with US embassy , many international dailies inclusive of  The Independent , Al Jazeerh, Times of India  condemned the unfortunate incident.

All the major parties condemned the incident including PTI, PPP, JI, and Chief of Army Staff as well. Iqbal was immediately airlifted to be treated at Services Hospital, Lahore, on the directives of CM.

While Ahsan Iqbal is receiving treatment in Lahore, the attacker is in the custody of the law enforcement agencies. The 21-year-old is the resident of Kanjoor village, where Ahsan had earlier addressed a gathering before being gunned down.

According to Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the disqualified Nawaz Sharif, PML-N leader, the shooter Abid Hussain is just a puppet being controlled by some unknown force: