A group of protesters, allegedly belonging to the PTI, violated on Thursday the sanctity of the Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah after they loudly chanted slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation as soon as they entered the mosque to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH).
PM Shehbaz and his delegation had reached Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahzain Bugti, Mohsin Dawar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi, Chaudhry Salik, and four members of PM Shehbaz Sharif’s staff are accompanying the prime minister on his visit.
On arrival of PM Shehbaz and his delegation to the mosque, the protesters started chanting slogans of “chor, chor (thieves)” when they saw the premier and harassed and raised objectionable slogans against Marriyum Aurangzeb.
Videos of the unfortunate incident have since gone viral on social media.
Meanwhile, the protesters also misbehaved with the JWP chief and Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Shahzain Bugti and pulled his hair.
The protesters continued to film the entire episode with their mobile phones.
Commenting on the incident, Bugti said, “I respect Mecca and Medina a lot and no one can speak in a loud voice there. Those who have passed derogatory remarks against Marriyum Aurangzeb are still here, therefore, the news related to their arrest is fake”.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Aurangzeb — without using Imran Khan’s name but in an apparent reference to him, said: “I don’t want to name the person responsible for this incident because I don’t want to use this holy land for political purposes.”
“However, it will take time for us to fix the ways in which these people have damaged our society and we can only do that through a positive attitude.”
She further added that the PML-N leadership has instructed its workers to control their emotions.
Following the incident, political and religious leaders and people belonging to different sections of society also expressed their outrage at the incident and strictly condemned the chanting of political slogans at Masjid-e-Nabwi.