Iqbal sustained a bullet wound on his right shoulder and is said to be out of danger. The assailant has been arrested and is being interrogated by the police. Pakistan minister injured after gunman opens fire at political rally

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's interior minister Ahsan Iqbal was injured today when an unidentified assailant opened fire at him in Narowal, the Dawn reported.

Iqbal, who is from the Pakistan Muslim League party, sustained a bullet wound on his right shoulder and was immediately taken to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment. Authorities said he was out of danger.

"Ahsan Iqbal was targeted and shot in the arm," Asim Khan, a special aide to the politician, told news agency AFP. "He is out of danger and being taken to a medical facility in Lahore."

The suspect, believed to be in his early 20s, was taken into police custody and is being interrogated. District police officer Imran Kishwar said the attacker used a 30-bore pistol to fire at Iqbal from a distance of around 18 metres, reported PTI.