In connection with the hounding of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Saudi Arabia, Punjab police have arrested Imran Khan and 150 others, including some members of his former cabinet.
As soon as Shehbaz Sharif and other members of his delegation arrived at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina last Thursday, video clips circulating on social media showed some pilgrims — apparently Imran Khan supporters — shouting “chor” (thief) and “gaddar” (traitor).
The pilgrims from Pakistan also used derogatory language toward the members of the delegation. Five Pakistanis allegedly involved in the sloganeering have been arrested by Madina police.
Case no. 798/2022 was filed in the Faisalabad police station of Madina Town, according to the details.
On Saturday night, Punjab police registered a FIR against Mr Khan, who is also the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, and 150 others, including former federal minister Sheikh Rasheed, former adviser to the prime minister Shahbaz Gill, former deputy speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Soori, and Mr Khan’s close aides in London, Anil Musarrat and Sahibzada Jehangir, among others, according to officials.
On the complaint of local resident Naeem Bhatti, the case was filed at a police station in Faisalabad, about 180 kilometres from Lahore, on charges of desecration of the Prophet’s mosque in Madina, hooliganism, and hurting Muslim sentiments, according to them.
The FIR was filed under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to offend religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).