LAHORE – A man on Sunday throw a shoe at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as he reached Jamia Naeemia to give a speech in the provincial capital.
The incident took place, as Nawaz Sharif reached the podium to address the participants of the event during his visit to the Jamia Naeemia seminary.
An man from the audience hurled a shoe which hit the former premier on his shoulder. The man who threw the shoe climbed the stage and shouted a slogan.
Soon after the incident, security personnel took the attacker into custody.
Political leaders from all political parties have condemned the incident declaring it an unfortunate incident.
Condemning the incident, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said, “There was no place for violence in democracy, adding that it has set a bad trend in the state.”
Expressing concern over the incident, Pakistan Peoples’ Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the incident saying his party always objected these kinds of acts.
He said that such incidents have also exposed leaders’ faulty security arrangements.
The incident occurred just a day after Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s face was blackened with ink by a man when he was addressing his party’s workers’ convention in Sialkot.
The suspect, who was thrashed by the party workers before being handed over to police, allegedly said that Asif’s party had tried to change the finality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Constitution which hurt his sentiments.
Asif was speaking at the PML-N workers’ convention in Sialkot, his hometown, when a middle-aged man with long beard, who was standing close to him, threw ink on his face.
The workers grabbed the man and thrashed him before handing him over to police. The foreign minister was escorted by his guard after the incident. However, after washing his face, Asif returned and completed his speech.