An application has been submitted to the police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district, asking for the registration of the first information report (FIR) against ex-interior minister Sheikh Rashid for defending the use of inappropriate language and hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabwi (PBUH) in Madina.
In the application, the complainant said that Rashid provoked the Pakistani pilgrims, apparently PTI supporters, to raise slogans against PM Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina.
The petitioner is the former president of the district bar association Chitral. He claimed that Rashid also publicly admitted to provoking the protesters.
“Sloganeering at the Prophet’s mosque has hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the globe,” he added.
Meanwhile, the former interior minister said that the sloganeering against his opponents at the Prophet’s (PBUH) mosque was a reflection of Pakistanis’ sentiments against the “plunderers and thieves”.
“Wherever the ‘thief’ prime minister of Pakistan will go, he will face the hatred of Pakistanis,” Rashid added.
It is pertinent to state that the premier arrived in the holy city of Madina on a three-day official visit on Thursday. Sharif’s cabinet members and parliamentarians came along with him.
Angry protesters, apparently PTI supporters, gathered around PM Shehbaz and his ministers to chant slogans of “thieves” and “beggars.” One of the pictures captured on the scene showed the premier sitting in a vehicle – seeming perturbed by the incident.
In a spree of videos doing the rounds on social media sites, the miscreants can be seen specifically targeting Minister Nawab Shahzain Bugti, calling him a “lota”. One of them even grabbed the minister by his hair.
Ex-premier Imran Khan termed Friday the incident of hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi a “public reaction.”
The ousted prime minister said the ill-fated incident was a “consequence” of the government’s deeds.