Supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, arrested in a corruption case, attacked PM Shehbaz Sharif’s residence in Lahore on Wednesday (May 10). Police gave this information. According to the police, more than 500 miscreants of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party reached the Prime Minister’s residence Model Town Lahore in the early hours of Wednesday and set fire to vehicles parked there.
“They (the miscreants) also hurled petrol bombs at the Prime Minister’s residence,” a senior Punjab Police official said on Wednesday. The police officer said only a watchman was present at the Prime Minister’s residence when the miscreants attacked. A policeman was there with them. The post was also set on fire. The PTI protesters left as soon as the police team arrived.
Before reaching the prime minister’s residence, a mob of Khan’s supporters attacked the ruling PML-N secretariat in Model Town. Vehicles parked there were set on fire. They also set fire to the barriers there.
Strict action will be taken against protesters: Shahbaz Sharif
On Wednesday, Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif condemned the violent protests by Imran Khan’s supporters and warned of strict action against the protesters. The Prime Minister made a brief address to the nation after deadly violence during protests in the country. The violence included attacks on military installations and damage to the country’s property.
What else did Shahbaz Sharif say?
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the attack on public property was an act of terrorism and enmity towards the country. He said that strict action will be taken against those who take law into their hands. He will be punished in such a way that he sets an example.
United Nations Secretary General’s response
At the same time, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on the authorities to respect due process and avoid violence on all sides in connection with the ongoing protests in the country following the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Secretary-General’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Guterres urged Pakistani authorities to respect due process of law in their proceedings against the country’s former prime minister.
At least 7 people died in the protests
Amid violent protests in Pakistan, a special court on Wednesday sent former Prime Minister Imran Khan to an eight-day remand of the anti-corruption agency. For the second day in a row, protests against Imran’s arrest turned violent in various parts of the country, killing at least 7 people and prompting the army to be deployed in three provinces. On Tuesday, paramilitary forces entered the chambers of the Islamabad High Court on orders from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and took 70-year-old Khan into custody.