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.
On Thursday, several Pakistani protesters violated the sanctity of the Prophet’s mosque in Madina as they chanted slogans against PM Shehbaz Sharif and his ministers as soon as they entered the mosque to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool.
Following the incident, the religious and political leadership of Pakistan and others from various sections of society strongly condemned it.
Speaking on the issue after keeping mum for more than a day, Imran Khan said the country’s masses had never reacted in such a manner in their entire history.
“Neither can I think of inciting people to hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi nor can a true lover of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) think of doing this,” he said.
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“We are not asking the people to come out, it’s the public themselves coming out to protest as they are in pain and anger; however, I can challenge they [the rulers] won’t be able to show their faces in any public place.”
The ex-premier further said his government was ousted through a foreign conspiracy and the current administration was part of it.
“A bunch of crooks are imposed on Pakistan and NRO II is given through foreign conspiracy, therefore what happened at Masjid-e-Nabawi was a result of their deeds,” he added.
The PTI chairman said when the incident took place his party workers around the world were busy in Shab-e-Dua.
“The place I have in my heart for Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), I don’t need to prove it, and I have raised my voice around the world against islamophobia,” Khan said, adding that he believed that “Iman cannot be completed until you love the Holy Prophet (PBUH).”