LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court in Gujranwala on Saturday sentenced prime suspect Abid Hussain to 27 years in prison for carrying out the assassination attempt on the life of former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal.
The court further sentenced the accused to three years in prison for illegal possession of weapons, but acquitted four other suspects accused of facilitating the assailant in the gun attack.
Iqbal was injured on May 6, 2018 when Hussain, 21, shot at him from a distance of 15 yards as the latter entered his vehicle to leave the rally ground in his Narowal constituency.
The former minister sustained a bullet wound in his shoulder, while the attacker was overpowered before he could fire a second shot.
Police arrested the suspect from the site of the attack, seizing his weapon—a 30-bore pistol with nine bullets—and shifting him to a police station. Abid confessed to the crime in custody. –Web Desk