PTI workers, PML-N leaders come to blows

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

The Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Musadik Malik and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers clashed with each other outside the Parliament House and a shoe was thrown at former federal minister Ahsan Iqbal.

The political atmosphere was very hot on Saturday in red zone as large number of PTI workers came to celebrate the expected victory of the PM confidence vote counting.

But at the same time, the PML-N leaders were also there to register their protests along with party workers.

The incident occurred after PTI workers raised slogans during the press conference of the PML-N leaders.

The incumbent government’s supporters chanted slogans and displayed placards in favour of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

During the media talk, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the opposition has not left the field empty and will fight oppression inside and outside the National Assembly.

Shahid Khaqan said President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and NA Speaker Asad Qaiser are involved in summoning an illegal session.

The notification was issued at night between March 4 and 5, he said.

The PML-N leaders were addressing the media when the PTI workers surrounded them after which the situation turned ugly and the clashes erupted between them.

A shoe was thrown at PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal as he stood on a platform along with Murtaza Javed Abbasi and shouted slogans criticizing the PTI government.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Musaddiq Malik, Miftah Ismail, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb criticised the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling him a ‘fascist’ and comparing him to Hitler.

After the presser, the PML-N leaders alleged they were harassed and manhandled by PTI supporters present at the site, adding that there was no police or security for their protection.

Several videos of the brawl emerged showing PML-N leaders Malik and Abbasi angrily charging at PTI supporters and pushing them away.

Another clip showed Iqbal being hit by a shoe from afar while PML-N supporters around him raised slogans in favour of party supremo Nawaz Sharif.

After the scuffle, PML-N alleged that its leaders, including Aurangzeb, were physically manhandled by PTI supporters.

Abbasi said such behaviour was reflective of the PTI’s tactics and challenged them to a face off on the road “in front of the cameras”.