Monday, 23 May, 2022
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Nawaz Sharif attacked in London by Imran Khan party activist: Journalist

A Pakistan journalist on Saturday said that the former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was attacked in London by an activist of the current Pakistani PM Imran Khan's ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and added efforts for the arrest of the culprits are being made.

This comes at a time when keeping up his attack on the opposition ahead of Sunday's vote of confidence in the National Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that if Leader of Opposition and PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif (brother of Nawaz Sharif) takes over, "they will do slavery of America".

Ahmad Noorani, the Pakistani journalist currently with Fact Focus, a Pakistan-based digital media, wrote on Twitter, "Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been attacked in London by a PTI activist. Action must be taken in Pakistan against the PTI as now the party has crossed all limits. Physical violence can never be condoned. PTI must be made an example now."

He also shared that Mr Sharif's guard was injured in the attack.

"Nawaz Sharif's guard was injured in the attack. All efforts must be made to ensure the arrest of culprits in the UK tonight. PTI must also be fixed during a few hours," he added.

"Shehbaz Sharif will be a slave of America... he said in a TV Programme yesterday that beggars are not choosers... what does this mean? Does that mean that the poor and beggars are slaves? Ask him (Shehbaz Sharif) who brought Pakistan to such a state. Just because we are poor, should we be slaves?" Imran Khan said while taking questions from viewers on TV.

Opposition parties have said that Imran Khan "has lost majority" with some of his allies deserting him and that Shahbaz Sharif will be the Prime Minister.

Imran Khan attacked Shehbaz Sharif saying he faces allegations of massive corruption.

He also referred to the "threat letter" from a foreign power and linked the opposition's no-trust vote with it.

"The letter says as soon as Imran Khan is removed, we will spare you...They all had conspired beforehand that when Imran Khan is removed, Shehbaz Sharif will come, on whom there are allegations of corruption worth millions," Imran Khan said.

"Who brought Pakistan to life support machine? These three stooges were taking turns to rule the country for 30 years, they have brought us to this state and are now asking us to be slaves of America," he added.

Imran Khan has been referring to Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman as "three-stooges".

"They will always be slaves of America and will make all of you slaves of America," Imran Khan said.

He urged people, especially the youth, to come on the streets to express their disapproval of the opposition's move against him.

The no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government is set to be tabled in the National Assembly on Sunday and he faces the prospect of losing it.