Shoes, Ink Thrown at Ruling Party PML-N’s Top Leadership

A day after ink was thrown on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in Sialkot, a shoe was thrown at PML-N’s supreme leader Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday, DawnNewsTV reported.

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. Video footage of the incident showed Sharif visibly shocked in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

However, the PML-N leader went ahead with his address, although reportedly shortening his speech, only to thank the the organisers and saying words of prayer for the deceased cleric.

The man was immediately caught and thrashed by the audience. The organisers said they are trying to ascertain the identity of the attacker and how he was able to enter the hall. The man has been taken into custody by security agencies at the venue.

The incident comes days after another PML-N leader, Ahsan Iqbal, had a shoe thrown at him, making it the third incident of similar nature against the ruling party’s top leadership in recent days.

Politicians, journalists and members of the civil society took to to Twitter to denounce the incident.

Senator Sherry Rehman tweeted: “Absolutely condemnable! Ink and shoe-throwing debase the political environment and degrade public values.”

Senior political commentator Syed Talat Hussain commented: “Ink attack on Khawaja Asif and shoe attack on Nawaz Sharif. It is getting dirtier and desperate by the day. Now no one will be safe. This is the new ploy. Very very sad.”

Political analyst and journalist Nasim Zehra tweeted: “First throwing of ink on Kh Asif & now hitting fmr PM with a shoe-both highly condemnable acts. These acts r disgusting acts & totally unjustified. Under no pretext can we project these despicable acts as sane or acceptable.”

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