Shoe Thrown at Pakistan's Former Prime Minister

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Taking lead from recent incidents of political mischief, a former seminary student on Sunday (today) hurled a shoe at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The first shoe hurled at Sharif hit him between neck and chest and the attacker then jumped on the stage chanting slogans in favour of a religious party, Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasul Allah (TLYRA).

Another man hurled a shoe at Sharif, almost missing him but hitting a person standing behind him.

Nearly all the mainstream political parties and their leaders, including Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and former president Asif Zardari, on Sunday condemned the incident of hurling shoe at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, ARY News reported.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Nawaz Sharif incident and throwing ink at Khwaja Asif have exposed the security breaches and these attempts shouldn't be aimed at to discourage political leaders direct contact with public. Video footage of the incident showed Sharif visibly shocked in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

The Punjab police took both attackers and one witness into custody.

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The shoe was thrown by a former seminary student during the former prime minister's visit to Jamia Naeemia seminary in Garhi Shahu.

The PML-N leader went ahead with his address and made a brief speech in which he did not mention about the man who threw a shoe at him.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar said it was another rueful and unethical episode of such incidents.

Rasool, who threw ink at the foreign minister, told the police that he vent out his anger because the PML-N had tried to change the finality of the Prophet in the Constitution.

Spokesmen of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek and PTI also condemned the incident saying such act could not be justified in any way.

PML-N leader Rana Mashhood said that the party was anticipating such an incident because there is a frustration on part of the opposition due to PML-N's rising popularity.

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