Ahsan Iqbal in stable condition, confirms minister’s son

  • Doctors decide not to remove bullet that entered his abdomen after hitting elbow yet
Pakistan

LAHORE – Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who wounded in an assassination attempt on Sunday in Narowal, is now out of danger at a hospital in Lahore, said Ahmed Iqbal, the minister’s son.

According to hospital authorities, the minister was in a satisfactory condition, while the bullet that entered Iqbal’s abdomen after hitting his arm was not removed as per the surgeons’ decision, local media reported.

Doctors said the bullet was not harmful to him anymore and extracting it from the body at this time could prove risky.

As reported earlier, the minister underwent two operations — one aimed at removing the bullet from Iqbal’s lower torso and the other to mend his broken elbow bone.

Ahmad Iqbal said that the minister will be kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for next 24 hours, asking the people to pray for his speedy recovery.

The interior minister, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), suffered a bullet wound in his right arm when an armed attacker opened fire on him in Kanjrur area of Shakargarh, DPO Imran Kishwar told the reporters.

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Police have arrested the attacker, identified as Abid, and shifted him to an unknown location for further investigation.

A case has been registered against the accused under various sections of anti-terrorism and murder attempt.