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Interior minister survives gun attack

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Iqbal, 59, a senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, was hit by a bullet on his right shoulder in the attack, the police said. After being administered first aid there, he was airlifted to the Services Hospital in Lahore to undergo surgery. "Just spoke to him [Iqbal] and he is in high spirits", Sharif said. The suspect then claimed that he committed the act because he was upset with the PML-N government over the change to the offending clause in the Constitution. "I am personally overseeing the investigation".

The interior minister of Pakistan is recovering in hospital after surviving what officials say was an assassination attempt.

"The doctors have decided not to remove the bullet from Iqbal's body as the procedure could create some complications", said the medic.

Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq briefed the house about the health of Ahsan Iqbal, saying his condition was stable.

Reuters cited a police report that said Hussain was affiliated with an Islamist political party called Tehrik-e Labaik, which focuses on fighting what its members deem to be blasphemy against Islam.

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Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi strongly condemned the attack on Ahsan Iqbal and asked the workers of the political parties to play their role for the unity of nation. "Allah Almighty has been very kind. We know the motive of this attack but this is a very risky game being played against the PML-N", Information Minister Marrium Aurengzeb said.

Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly denied the allegations, suggesting they are victims of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan's military to reduce the sway of their party.

Police immediately arrested a 21 year old man. "This menace of hatred will destroy everything".

Following the Faizabad dharna, the PML-N government has repeatedly been branded as a party of apostates and blasphemers by fringe religious groups.

The vote will only be Pakistan's second-ever democratic transition, and with the PMLN in disarray since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court over graft allegations last summer, there has been growing speculation it could be delayed.