Shooting in Punjab gets Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Interior Minister, wounded

May 8, 2018 | Brainwave Science



On the 6th of May, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Interior Minister was shot and wounded on the shoulder during an election rally in central Punjab province.

The Junior Interior Minister, Mr. Talal Chaudhry stated “Mr. Iqbal was returning to his car after a meeting when he came under attack. The minister luckily survived. Thank God he is out of danger”.

The shooter was identified as 21-year-old Abid Hussain, who tried to fire a second shot but was immediately arrested. “The attacker was about to fire a second shot when police and people at the meeting overpowered him,” Punjab government spokesman Mr. Malik Ahmed Khan mentioned. Reportedly Mr. Iqbal was returning from a meeting with a Christian group which is one of the minority groups in his constituency.

“We are not sure whether it has got anything to do with the motive. We will know only after investigation of the attacker,” stated Mr. Khan.

During the investigation, Abid Hussain admitted being affiliated with the hardline Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik. The party calls for the aggressive enforcement of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which can carry to a death penalty. However, the new ultra-religious party leader Mr. Khadim Hussain Rizvi condemned the attack on Mr. Iqbal and said supporters were not authorized to take up arms.

Tehreek-e-Labaik, whose name means Movement of the Prophet’s Followers, is a political grouping with no known links to the various Islamist militants – including the Pakistani Taliban – that have carried out bombings and other attacks in Pakistan. Hussain is being interrogated by the Police in Narowal, which is Iqbal’s native district and has been charged with attempted murder. The Police is investigating Hussain mobile phone records to ascertain whether he was instigated to attack the federal minister.

The motive of the attack to Pakistan Interior Minister is so far unknown with general elections to be held soon. This attack has raised fears of violence in advance of a scheduled general election in July, with Iqbal’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) battling the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to remain in power.




Militant attacks in Pakistan have fallen sharply over the past few years, but Islamist militants continue to pose a threat and carry out assassinations. In the run-up to the 2013 elections, won by PML-N, Pakistani Taliban militants killed more than 70 people in attacks targeting the Awami National Party (ANP), the PPP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). According to the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) at least 158 people were killed in dozens of attacks on political leaders, rallies and activists in the 2 months preceding Pakistan’s last general election in 2013. Many of the candidates were prevented from campaigning openly.

How can Pakistan Military Forces unveil the motive of this attack, ensure candidates safety and be successful in maintaining peace during general elections?




Elections preparation can always be a period of riots, insurgency, and attacks on politicians. Unfortunately, not all parties’ affiliates express their opinions using their words instead of weapons, with or without their leaders’ support. In this case, Abid Hussain confessed being part of the new ultra-religious Tehreek-e-Labaik party. However, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader, has condemned the attack in a statement and said his party had not authorized any of its workers to take up arms.

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