Pakistani cabinet minister wounded in shooting

Police quickly arrest attacker who fires single shot at Zil-e-Huma, the minister for social welfare for Punjab province.

February 20, 2007 10:59
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A lone gunman opened fire on a provincial Cabinet minister in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday, wounding her critically, police said. The attacker was quickly arrested after he fired a single shot at Zil-e-Huma, the Minister for Social Welfare for Punjab province, as she visited the city of Gujranwala, said Mohammed Nazir, a local police official. Huma had traveled to Gujranwala to meet activists of the Pakistan Muslim League, the ruling party at the federal and provincial level, of which she is a leader. "She is in a critical condition at the Government Civil Hospital, and officers are interrogating the attacker to determine why he attacked her," Nazir said. He provided no further details. Attacks on politicians are a regular occurrence in Pakistan, where rivalry between parties often boils over into violence. Gujranwala is 200 kilometers southeast of the capital, Islamabad.

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