Brother of Punjab’s designated minister killed in firing incident

Unidentified assailants open fire at a wedding ceremony where CM Buzdar among other officials was also present


News Desk August 06, 2021
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar among other officials was also present at the ceremony. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

At least one person was killed and another sustained injuries when unidentified assailants opened fire at the wedding ceremony of newly-designated Punjab minister Asad Khokar’s son in Lahore on Friday.

Express News quoting sources reported that two people sustained injuries after two unidentified gunmen opened fire at the wedding ceremony of MPA Khokhar’s son in DHA area of the provincial capital.

Both the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital but unfortunately brother of the designated minister succumbed to his injuries.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar among other officials was also present at the ceremony.

“I have just spoken to the Chief Minister of Punjab. He is fine and reached his residence safely. The assailants came close to his vehicle and opened fire,” Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide Shehbaz Gill said in a tweet.

He added that the security officials have arrested the accused. “Unfortunately, Asad Khokhar's brother was killed in the attack,” he added.

CM Buzdar has directed the Punjab police chief to submit a report of the firing incident and take action against the accused as per the law.

He also ordered an inquiry against the officials who were responsible for the security arrangements.

In July last year, Khokhar had stepped down from the post of provincial minister for wildlife and fisheries.

In his handwritten resignation, Khokhar claimed that he could not continue his duties as provincial minister for personal and political reasons, but government sources had indicated that he had been asked to step down.

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