Pakistani politicians condemn shoe and ink attacks on Nawaz and Asif

Posted In: News Date:Mar 11th, 2018

Islamabad: Pakistani politicians, media and civil society representatives on Sunday condemned the attacks on PML-N leaders — former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and current foreign minister of Khwaja Muhammad Asif.

A shoe was thrown at Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday as he was about to address Punjab’s Jamia Naeemia madrasa. The shoe was thrown by a former seminary student who also chanted slogans against Sharif.

The incident took place only a day after ink was thrown on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in Sialkot at a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) convention on Saturday. The man was thrashed by PMLN workers before being handed over to police, however, the minister called for his release saying he didn’t know him and had no enmity with him.

Both the events prompted social media outrage where many prominent politicians and social media activists, condemned the attack on the PML-N leaders.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and his party criticised the act. “This is against our moral values” Khan said, adding that “I want to tell both PTI workers and the public that throwing shoes or ink on people is not the right way [to protest].”

Reacting to the incident, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the culture of lack of tolerance should not be publicised. “It was a very unethical act.”