A bunch of Pakistani pilgrims have accosted, heckled and chanted slogans at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his entourage on the Masjid-i-Nabwi in Madina throughout their three-day go to — their first international journey since assuming workplace — to Saudi Arabia.
The premier alongside along with his delegation arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He is accompanied by Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Miftah Ismail, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Asif, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mohsin Dawar and Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, amongst others.
The officers landed within the nation on Thursday afternoon and later supplied prayers on the Prophet’s Mosque.
However, unlucky scenes have been witnessed on the holy mosque yesterday when PM Shehbaz and his delegation arrived there. According to movies circulating on social media, Pakistani pilgrims on the mosque began chanting slogans of “chor” (thieves) as quickly as they noticed the prime minister.
In one other video, the pilgrims might be seen heckling and elevating abusive slogans towards federal ministers Marriyum Aurangzeb and Shahzain Bugti, because the pair are escorted by Saudi guards.
Later, in a video message in response to the chants, Aurangzeb stated this act was perpetrated by a “select group”, whereas most Pakistanis revered the sanctity of the holy mosque. “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.”
She additionally stated she had prayed for steering for such individuals. “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,” the minister added.
The occasions have been condemned by Pakistan Ulema Council chairman Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, who stated Muslims have been meant to bow their heads and decrease their voices in Masjid-i-Nabwi as an alternative of elevating soiled slogans and hurling allegations on the twenty seventh of Ramazan.
Meanwhile, politicians and different non secular figures condemned the incident on Twitter and a few blamed the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, sister of newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, stated that PTI was inciting “intolerance and divisiveness”.
Religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel additionally tweeted that the protest on the holy mosque wasn’t “acceptable in Islam”.
Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, on the opposite had, referred to as the occasion a “new low” in Pakistani politics.