Case registered against Imran Khan after citizens insult PM Shehbaz Sharif in Madina

May 1, 2022: Pakistan’s Punjab police have booked ousted prime minister Imran Khan and 150 others, including some members of his former cabinet, in connection with the jeering of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Saudi Arabia, officials said.

According to a local media report, a case has been registered against former prime minister Imran Khan and former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Fawad Chaudhry Qasim Suri Shahbaz Gill under section 295.

Other accused including Jahangir and Anil Mussarat have also been named in the case The case has been registered in Faisalabad city of Punjab.

Madina police claim to have arrested five Pakistanis involved in the sloganeering.

Punjab police on Saturday night registered an FIR against Imran Khan, who is also the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and 150 others, including former federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and 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, officials said.

The case has been registered at a police station in Faisalabad, on the complaint of local resident Naeem Bhatti on the charges of desecration of the Prophet’s mosque in Madina, hooliganism and hurting the sentiments of Muslims, they said.

The FIR has been registered under different sections, including 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to the FIR, over 100 supporters of Mr Khan were sent to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan and the UK to carry out the mission of targeting Mr Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Madina. Imran Khan and other nominated leaders of the PTI had given directions to party workers in this regard, it said.

Meanwhile, Faisalabad police said action against those named in the FIR would be taken in accordance with law.

Imran Khan meanwhile, in a TV interview on Saturday had distanced himself from the pilgrims who hounded and chanted slogans against Mr Sharif, saying he could “not even imagine of asking anyone to carry out sloganeering at the sacred place.”

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