Islamabad, May 6: Pakistan's Federal Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal, on Sunday narrowly survived an assassination attempt as he was fired upon by an armed attacker during a meeting organised by the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), in Punjab's Norowal town.
The attacker shot a bullet which struck the right arm of Iqbal. On being rushed to the local hospital, his condition was declared stable. He is currently undergoing treatment.
The gunman was nabbed from the site of attack by the police officials. He has been taken into custody for interrogation. Local media have not ruled out a terror angle, claiming the assailant could be linked to an extremist outfit.
The security breach incident comes a couple of months after Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was attacked with an ink while addressing a public meeting in Sialkot on March 10.
Two days later, a shoe was hurled at ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while he was about to begin his keynote address at an event organised by a Islamic seminary in Lahore.
Nawaz's attacker, however, was released on bail on April 7 by the Lahore judicial magistrate. The move was condemned by the ruling PML-N, which has accused the judiciary, along with the Army, of being "biased" against the incumbent civilian government.