- ATC sends interior minister’s assailant on 14-day judicial remand
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: In his first public speech after being injured in an assassination attempt, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday praised the police and other security forces for their efforts in countering terrorism.
Addressing a passing out parade of the counter-terrorism force at Islamabad’s Police Lines, Iqbal highlighted the fact that a record budget has been allocated for the police in the upcoming year’s federal budget.
He also promised to build the National Police Hospital, which will cost around Rs2 billion.
Recounting improvements in the police’s performance, the minister noted that the first batch of riot police will pass out this year. He added that he wants every police vehicle to be a smart car connected to police headquarters.
Iqbal, who was discharged from hospital earlier this week after being treated for nine days, said that he feels proud of security forces and salutes the personnel martyred in the line of duty.
“Those who die for their country are lucky,” he said.
The interior minister also said that the country has been the target of terrorists for long, but has finally been able to curb terrorism to a great extent. “We do not want to give our next generations a Pakistan where they have to live in fear,” he said, adding that “we can never hate anyone who carries a Pakistani identity card”.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s would-be assassin, Abid Hussain, was sent on a 14-day judicial remand by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala on Thursday.
Abid appeared before the court in a case registered against the attack on Iqbal in Narowal.
During the hearing, the court ordered for Abid’s polygraph test which was completed. The court while handing down the remand, also ordered the police to submit a challan of the case.
Iqbal was shot and injured on May 6 in the Narowal district of Punjab during a corner meeting of the party in the Qasba Kanjrod area of Narowal.
The shooting took place when Iqbal was leaving the meeting, which was held at MPA Rana Manan’s residence. The attacker, identified as Abid Hussain, was arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location.
Iqbal was first driven to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital from where he was airlifted in a Punjab government helicopter to Lahore’s Services Hospital.