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MQM MNA Tahira Asif shot at, injured in Lahore

19 June, 2014

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LAHORE: A member of the National Assembly (MNA) from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot at and injured by unidentified motorcyclists in Iqbal Town area in Lahore on Wednesday.

Begum Tahira Asif left her house in Wafaqi Colony along with her 20-year-old daughter on a car. Two masked men on a motorcycle chased and intercepted her car near Moon Market in Allama Iqbal Town. As she came out of the car, the culprits opened fire on her, wounding her critically. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, where her condition is reported to be critical.

The MNA received four bullets in her legs and ribs. According to doctors, dozens of blood bags were injected to her due to excessive bleeding after one of the bullets ruptured her main artery. Police did not register the case till the filing of this report.

The MNA's husband, FIA Assistant Director Mian Asif, said that his wife had been receiving life threats for some time. He said they formally informed the former CCPO some four months back but police did not take any serious action.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the firing and sought report from the IG.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday strongly condemned attack on Member of National Assembly Tahira Asif who was injured in firing by unidentified persons in Lahore.

The prime minister prayed for the early recovery of Tahira Asif, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said. In a separate statement, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid also condemned attack on MNA Tahira, and assured that the culprits involved in the attack would be brought to book.

In a statement, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokeswoman Shereen Mizari also condemned an attack on MNA Tahira Asif and demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the attack.

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