Pakistan’s interior minister injured in assassination attempt

A gunman shot Pakistan’s interior minister, Ahsan Iqbal, on Sunday, wounding him in the right shoulder. Iqbal was rushed to a hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition. The would-be assassin mixed in with a small group of Iqbal’s supporters and colleagues in Punjab Province, about 150 miles from the capital city, Islamabad. The attempted assassination increased tensions as Pakistan heads into general elections that could be held as early as July. Iqbal reportedly may have been meeting with a group of Christians in his constituency. Last week, Iqbal, an advocate of tolerance for Pakistan’s religious minorities considered heretics by Sunni extremists, met with a group of Shiite Muslims to hear their complaints about discrimination.

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