Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Shoe thrown at former PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore

Shoe thrown at former PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore

In the latest incident, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was hit by a shoe while he was addressing a public gathering at a Lahore seminary.

Sharif, who had arrived at Jamia Naeemia to address a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Mufti Mohammad Hussain Naeemi, had a shoe thrown at him by a man in the audience as soon as he took the stage. It wasn't immediately clear why they targeted Sharif, who was struck in the chest by the footwear.

On Saturday, a man was taken into police custody after he threw ink at foreign minister Khawaja Asif during his speech at the PML-N workers convention in Sialkot.

"Shoe attack on Nawaz Sharif or throwing ink on Khwaja Asif is highly offensive, such incidents have to be unequivocally condemned", Journalist Saadia Afzaal said, as reported by Gulf News. According to Pakistan media reports, the accused who threw the shoe at Sharif has been detained and two more people have been detained over the incident.

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The attack on the former prime minister drew widespread condemnation from all mainstream political and religious parties. He has been shifted to Services Hospital owing to injuries from being beaten up by the seminary staff and students after the incident.

Deputy Inspector General Operations Dr Haider Ashraf told Dawn earlier that police had arrested Talha Munawar and his two accomplices.

Maryam also criticised the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the handling of the Panama Papers case and said that it found "nothing despite spending millions of Pakistani rupees".

It was the third attack on PML-N leaders in recent months.

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PML-N workers grabbed the man and handed him over to police.

"This is not the way to express yourself and I condemn whoever did it", Khan said.

Later, the minister tweeted that the incident was just a "mischief by opponents", adding that he also completed his speech and the event concluded without any interruption.

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