Videos circulating on social media show some pilgrims – apparently followers of Khan – shouting “chor” (thief) and “gaddar” (traitor) as Sharif and other members of his delegation arrived at the mosque of the Islamic State on Thursday. prophet in Madinah.
The Pakistani pilgrims also used foul language against the delegates. Madina police claim to have arrested five Pakistanis involved in the slogans.
Punjab police registered an FIR on Saturday night against Khan, who is also the chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and 150 others, including former federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and Sheikh Rasheed, a former adviser to Prime Minister Shahbaz Gul. , former deputy speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Soori, and Khan’s close associates in London, Anil Musarrat and Sahibzada Jehangir, officials said.
The case has been registered in a police station in Faisalabad, about 180 km from Lahore, on the complaint of local resident Naeem Bhatti on charges of desecrating the Prophet’s mosque in Medina, vandalism and hurting the feelings of Muslims, they said. .
The FIR is registered under several sections, including 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
According to the FIR, more than 100 Khan supporters were sent from Pakistan and the UK to Saudi Arabia to carry out the mission to attack Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Medina. Khan and other nominated PTI leaders had given directions to party employees in this regard.
Meanwhile, Faisalabad police said action against those named in the FIR would be taken in accordance with the law.
Khan had distanced himself from the pilgrims chasing and chanting slogans at Sharif in a TV interview on Saturday, saying he “couldn’t even imagine asking someone to sing slogans in the holy place.”
There has been widespread condemnation of the incident.