Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal shot at election rally

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Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has been wounded after being shot in the shoulder by an unidentified attacker at an election rally in central Punjab province, according to officials.

Iqbal, 59, was shot on Sunday after addressing the crowd gathered in his native Narowal district, Federal Minister Talal Chaudhry told local TV station Geo News.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, a rescue services spokesperson, told Al Jazeera that Iqbal was getting into his vehicle to leave the rally when a “young man” fired at him “several times”.

“One bullet hit him in the left shoulder. He was transferred to the local district hospital, where he is being treated,” he added.

Provincial authorities and Iqbal’s son said the minister had not suffered life-threatening wounds.

“He is conscious and out of danger,” Ahmad Iqbal told Geo News.

Television footage showed a prone Iqbal being wheeled into the government-run hospital following the attack.

Chaudhry said that at least one man had been arrested at the scene of the attack, adding that investigations were ongoing.

Pakistani Prime Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office issued a statement condemning the attack.

“The prime minister has called for immediate report into the incident from IG Police Punjab.”

Iqbal’s ruling PML-N party will complete its five-year tenure in government later this month, with Pakistan due to hold a general parliamentary election in July.

Iqbal was made interior minister last year, but has been a member of the cabinet since the PML-N came into power in the 2013 elections. He is also the Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim

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