In the wake of the incident of slogan
chanting at Masjid-e-Nabawi against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his
delegation, former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s nephew MNA Sheikh
Rashid Shafiq  was held at the Islamabad airport upon his arrival from
Saudi Arabia early Sunday morning.

Some protesters, allegedly belonging to the PTI, violated the
sanctity of the Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH) in Madinah on Thursday by loudly
catcalling Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and members of his delegation.

Sources affiliated with the airport staff
said that Shafiq flew to Pakistan through a private airline.

Confirming the arrest, Rashid said that his nephew had just
touched down in Islamabad after performing Umrah, at the time of his arrest.

“None of us were in Saudi Arabia, but cases were still
registered [against us]. Residences are being raided after the registration of
the cases,” Rashid said, condemning the arrest.

He further stated that people would “harass them wherever
they went”.

Sources privy to the matter said that Shafiq has been shifted to a
Federal Investigation Agency cell.

A case had been registered against Shafiq at Faisalabad’s Madina
Town on behalf of Muhammad Naeem. A total of 14 known and 100-150 unidentified
people, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Shehbaz Gill,
Sahibzada Jahangir and other PTI members have been nominated in the case.

On the night following the Masjid-e-Nabawi incident, Shafiq had
posted a video from the holy site, supporting the hooliganism.

He had also hinted that the same would happen to the delegation
when they visit the Holy Kaaba in Makkah.

Masjid-e-Nabawi
incident

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 were accompanying the prime minister on his
visit.

But as Marriyum Aurangzeb and Shahzain Bugti arrived at the
mosque, the protesters started chanting slogans of “chor, chor
(thieves)” when they saw theme premier and harassed and raised
objectionable slogans.

The protesters had also misbehaved with the JWP chief Shahzain
Bugti and pulled his hair.

The protesters filmed the entire episode with their mobile phones.

 

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2022-05-01

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