Incident Summary:

05/06/2018: An assailant opened fire on Ahsan Iqbal in Kanjrur, Punjab, Pakistan. Iqbal, the Interior Minister and a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, was injured in the assault. Abid Hussain, an alleged Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) member, claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the victim was targeted for his work in amending the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat clause of an election bill. However, a TLP leader denied any involvement in the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Pakistan Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control
Specific Description Interior Minister: Ahsan Iqbal
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 30-bore pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ahsan Iqbal attacker affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik: DC Narowal," The Express Tribune, May 7, 2018.
"Pakistan interior minister Ahsan Iqbal shot during rally, suspect held," Hindustan Times, May 6, 2018.
"Pakistan: Suspect confesses to involvement in attack on Ahsan Iqbal," The News Online, May 6, 2018.