Regardless of political affiliation mainly everyone condemned the assassination attempt over the incumbent Interior Minister Ahsan iqbal, who survived a firing incident at Narowal, on Sunday evening, as he was attacked by the assailant identified as Abid Hussain while he was coming out from the Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) corner meeting.
President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain prayed for the swift recovery of the Minister, while forcefully condemning the attack.
The incumbent Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also decried the horrific incident and has sought report over the incident.
According to the Army media wing Inter Service Public Relations(ISPR) Chief of Army Staff General General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condemned the attack on PML(N) aide Ahsan Iqbal and expressed him good wishes and early recovery.
COAS condemns firing on Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Expresses best wishes for early recovery.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 6, 2018
PML(N) President and Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the incident and summoned report from the Inspecter General Punjab.
Following the appalling incident, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan tweeted, saying that he condemns the attack on Ahsan Iqbal.
Strongly condemn attack on Ahsan Iqbal today.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 6, 2018
Ex President and Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Asif Ali Zardar too condemned the incident and expressed concerns over the mayhem prevalent in the society.
PTI stalwarts Asad Umar, Jahangir Tareen, and spokesperson Fawwad Chaudhry all three decried the firing incident.
Condemn the attack on ahsan iqbal. Allah jald shifayab karey and hope the attackers are caught and punished as quickly as possible @betterpakistan
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) May 6, 2018
Strongly condemn the incident of firing on Ahsan Iqbal. I hope his injury is a minor one and he recovers quickly. May Allah keep us all safe whatever our personal political beliefs .
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) May 6, 2018
However, few have raised points over the timeliness of these appaling incidents, just before the General Elections, as many prominent journalist gave examples of how the Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party were confined due to the continuous attacks by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in the previous elections, held in 2013.
They view this incident as a starting point for marginalizing PML(N), so that the party could not smootly conduct election campaign.
While others saw it as an attempt to jeopardize the upcoming elections.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal survived assassination attempt in Narowal he received a bullet on his arm he is injured but out of danger this is a clear effort to delay the coming elections
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) May 6, 2018
Terrible news. Pakistan’s Interior Minister @betterpakistan survives an assassination attempt. Bullets hit his arm. Attacker arrested. Ominous development as the county moves to the election season.
Prayers for Ahsan Iqbal Sb.
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) May 6, 2018
Strongly condemn attack on Ahsan Iqbal @betterpakistan
In last elections there were attacks on PPP and ANP, and now PMLN is the target? Where are we heading to?
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) May 6, 2018
It is good that all political parties have condemned attack on interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Is it a warning for others ?
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) May 6, 2018