LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Quaid Nawaz Sharif was attacked with a shoe at Jamia Naeemia on Sunday. Nawaz Sharif had gone to Jamia Naeemia to address a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Mufti Mohammad Hussain Naeemi. As he reached the rostrum to address the gathering, a middle-aged bearded man threw a shoe at him and raised some slogans.
The event caused immediate commotion in the hall as others attending the gathering grabbed hold of the man and started beating him. The attacker was subsequently taken into custody by the police along with two others.
The incident did not stop the former prime minister from addressing the gathering. Speaking to the gathering of Ulema and religious students Nawaz Sharif urged political and religious leadership to make united efforts for making Pakistan strong. He also stressed the need for promoting tolerance in the society.
He said he had been an old student of Jamia Naeemia, where he had learnt the Holy Quran. Jamia Naeemia, he added, had played a pivotal role in delivering Islamic teachings to the masses.
Nawaz Sharif expressed the hope that Ulema and Mashaikh would continue their struggle for sustaining peace and religious harmony in the country.
Meanwhile, Dr. Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia demanded to give exemplary punishment to the accused who hurled shoe at Nawaz Sharif. He also demanded to arrest and punish those who acted as facilitators in the unpleasant incident. He termed whole episode as an ‘ulterior attempt’ to sever the madrassa’s ties with the Sharif family.
A day earlier, “black ink” was thrown at foreign minister Khawaja Asif while he was addressing the PML-N workers’ convention in Sialkot. Khawaja Asif, however, continued his speech and said that such “tactics” can’t harm his political career.
In a similar incident last month, a man hurled his shoe at Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal while he was addressing a party workers’ convention in Narowal. The man was arrested but Iqbal asked police to release him without charge.
Later, the minister tweeted that the incident was just a “mischief by opponents”, adding that he also completed his speech and the event concluded without any interruption. NNI