Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described the incident as an "assassination attempt".
Police named the suspected shooter as Abid Hussain who is said to be linked to Tehreek-e-Labaik party.
"The nation wants to know why Rs 1000 was distributed", Nawaz Sharif while talking to media representatives at the National Accountability in Islamabad.
PM Abbasi also telephoned Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal to inquire after him as he got injured in an attack took place in Narowal on Sunday. "We will never let elections be postponed", he added. He is also the minister for planning, development and reforms.
"The attacker was about to fire a second shot when police and people in the meeting overpowered him", said Malik Ahmed Khan, a spokesman for the Punjab government, adding that Iqbal was undergoing surgery and confirming his life was not in danger.
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Modi said his government had taken numerous steps to further the welfare of the Dalit and tribal communities. The attack came ahead of polling for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, to be held on May 12.
Junior interior minister Talal Chaudhry said: "The minister luckily survived".
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. He said Iqbal went to Narowal to mobilize support for his re-election. The party almost splintered a year ago as many politicians patronized by the custodians of shrines in the countryside announced their resignations from the party. However, Azeem had managed to escape after the incident and was arrested Monday morning.
A senior police officer told The Express Tribune that the accused had confessed to targeting the PML-N leader as an act of reprisal for his alleged role in amending the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat clause in the election bill.
The attacker, Abid Hussain, shot at the interior minister from a distance of 15 yards as he was leaving a corner meeting.
The attack was swiftly condemned by the global community as Pakistanis voiced fears it represented an attempt to weaken democracy ahead of the federal elections, widely expected to be held late this summer.