Ahsan Iqbal attacker affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik: DC Narowal

LAHORE: The would-be assassin of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik, confirmed a government official from Narowal on Monday.

The preliminary report sent to the chief secretary of the provincial government by deputy commissioner Narowal, says the man “showed his affiliation to Tehreek-e-Labbaik”.

The attacker, Abid Hussain, shot at the interior minister from a distance of 15 yards as he was leaving a corner meeting.

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal was moved to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Lahore’s Services Hospital following a surgery early Monday morning.

The interior minister underwent two surgeries during which the doctors removed the bullet from his abdomen and emplaced plates in his fractured arm.

Speaking to AFP, Shafqat Waseem Chaudhry, one of the five-member medical team responsible for him, said that Iqbal was stable for now. “But he will remain in the ICU for two days.”

FIR lodged against Ahsan Iqbal’s assailant

A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged at the Ghareeb Shah police station and stated that the interior was leaving a corner meeting when he was fired upon with a 30-bore pistol by the assassin, Abid Hussain. The bullet grazed Iqbal’s arm and lodged itself in his abdomen.

A second suspect, Azeem, was also arrested by the police. Azeem, reportedly, accompanied the prime accused to the venue.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was flown to Lahore amid heavy security after receiving initial treatment at District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) in Narowal.  He was received by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and others upon his arrival in the provincial capital.



UK keen to invest in CPEC: Boris Johnson

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said Pakistan is undergoing a remarkable transformation as a result of the improved security situation, impressive economic growth and consolidation of democratic institutions.

Talking to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, he said Pakistan greatly appreciates UK’s role as an important trade and investment partner.

The Interior Minister also informed the foreign secretary about Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country.

The British foreign secretary commended Pakistan’s economic reforms agenda and acknowledged that Pakistan has great potential for economic growth.

He particularly appreciated Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts to bring about peace in the region and the world at large.

Boris said that the UK is keenly interested in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and would like to benefit from opportunities arising from this initiative.