Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deposed by the Supreme Court a year ago over graft allegations and has been banned from politics for life, while foreign minister Khawaja Asif was also removed by the Islamabad High Court late last month for violating election laws. He was immediately transported to district headquarters hospital Narowal for medical treatment.
TRT World'sKamran Yousaf brings more from Islamabad, Pakistan.
Police say the minister received two bullets to his arm.
Opposition leader Khurshid Shah said the attack was an attempt to portray the security apparatus as weak and create an environment of fear ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for mid-July.
Shehbaz Sharif has reportedly sent his official helicopter to Narowal to airlift Iqbal to Lahore.
"The minister luckily survived", said minister of state for interior affairs, Talal Chaudhry. She quoted,"I hope for a Pakistan where everyone lives peacefully", She also thanked God that the murder attempt on Iqbal did not end up being fatal and prayed for his quick recovery.
At the time many Pakistanis and analysts warned that a unsafe precedent had been set in which fringe groups could bend the state to their will by citing blasphemy, a highly inflammatory charge in the conservative Muslim country.
TLYP is a radical Islamic party which is known for its widespread street power and massive protests against any change to Pakistans controversial blasphemy law.
The interior minister expressed concerns last month that there was a conspiracy to impede the ruling PML-N party in the upcoming election. He said Iqbal went to Narowal to mobilize support for his re-election.
A suspect was arrested at the scene and was being interrogated by police on last night (May 06).
Considered the brains behind the party's development agenda, he previously headed up the planning ministry.
The Pakistani prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, demanded a report on the incident from the provincial police chief.
The attacker was quickly apprehended and the minister, Ahsan Iqbal, taken to the hospital; government officials said he was in a stable condition.
"We are not sure whether it has got anything to do with the motive".
Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said the cowardice attack could not scare the government.
Militant attacks in Pakistan have fallen sharply over the past few years, but still pose a threat to carry out assassinations.
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