Malala Yousafzai condemns murder attempt on Pak Interior Minister

Islamabad: Prominent Pakistani educational activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Sunday night condemned the assassination attack on Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

On Sunday, Iqbal escaped a possible assassination bid on his life and sustained injuries on his right shoulder as he was shot at after addressing a public rally in Narowal city of the country’s Punjab province.

Terming the incident as “sad”, Malala, who is pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Oxford University was quoted by Geo TV as saying, “I wish that every Pakistani [person] remains safe and that no one’s life is in danger. I hope for a Pakistan where everyone lives peacefully.”

The Nobel laureate further said that she was thankful to God that the murder attempt on Iqbal did not end up being fatal and prayed for his quick recovery.

State Minister for Interior Tallal Chaudry meanwhile, said the suspected shooter was identified as Abid Hussain and has been arrested.

The suspect, who is a resident of Narowal, is about 20 years old and being interrogated, according to media reports.

An investigation for the same is underway to identify the motive of the attack.

In February, a man named Bilal Haris hurled a shoe at the interior minister who was about to address a workers’ convention in Narowal. The accused was arrested later.