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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif gave on Saturday a 72-hour deadline to law-enforcement authorities to arrest planners, attackers and instigators of violence that was seen in Pakistan over the past few days after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

Speaking at the Punjab Safe Cities Authority following his visit to the Lahore Corps Commander house, he said: “we will create an example out of the miscreants who vandalised and attacked state institutions so that such an incident never takes place in Pakistan again”.

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“Imran Khan did what Pakistan’s enemy could not in the nation’s 75-year history,” he underlined. “Everyone is saddened except for miscreants. They are no lesser than terrorists.”

The prime minister stated that a Pakistani cannot participate in such anti-state activities.

Every participant of this incident will be punished as per the law and constitution and the planners and attackers will face justice, the PM stressed.

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He emphasised that culprits should be captured and tried in anti-terrorist courts.

“I have recommend increasing the number of terrorist courts and enhancing their timings for trials of the miscreants,” he said.

He lamented that “protectors of the country” were attacked who had “sacrificed their lives. This is an insult to martyrs of the nation”.

The PM highlighted that the Core Commander is responsible for controlling law and order but “even his residence was not spared”.

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“I visited the core commander house today and it is in ruins,” he said, adding that the residence was burned and destroyed.

He lamented that Imran Khan supported and advocated this move.

Following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday, protests erupted throughout Pakistan that transformed into violence.

Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested and at least eight have been killed since Tuesday, as per Reuters.

Hundreds of protesters blocked highways, main entry and exit routes to all major cities, attacking and burning state buildings, police and public vehicles and rampaged through army installations.

The protests dampened on Thursday after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the “immediate release” of Imran.


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Jani Walker May 13, 2023 04:33pm
All bluff and bluster. Soundbites. Does he not realise that he may not be the PM in the next 72 hours? Jokers galore.
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BK May 13, 2023 04:36pm
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Parvez May 13, 2023 04:46pm
... so he wants those who caused the trouble to arrest themselves....will not happen.
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Dr Farooq Hasnat May 13, 2023 04:54pm
Sharif just returned from London after 7 days, While Pakistan faced multiple crises. The Sharifs are criminal mafias, as declared by the Supreme Court. This criminal mafia has no place in Pakistani politics. They have looted the country for thirty years. This upstart family better go to their real country - UK, where they have property worth billion of dollars. They have no interest in the Pakistani people.
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BK May 13, 2023 04:57pm
Stop making Pakistan look like Palestine or occupied Kashmir…actually our own people are causing harm and injustice, so we are at the moment worst than Palestine and occupied Kashmir!!! JUST STOP! MUNIR NEEDS TO GO! ELECTIONS NEED TO BE CALLED!
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qasim raza May 13, 2023 05:07pm
Great news..Must be apprehended and brought to justice...
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Abdul Rehman Bhatti May 13, 2023 05:26pm
First you catch and punish the big thief's who looted/looting pakistan since the independence day then you talk about. Stop making us fools...........
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test May 13, 2023 05:58pm
PM Shahbaz must hang those planners, attackers and instigators till death. Long Live China Pakistan brotherhood. Nawaz Sharif was absolutely 100% right that Imran was launched by the establishment to sabotage CPEC. I am ashamed for supporting Imran in 2018 elections.
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Joe May 13, 2023 06:05pm
The funny thing is: The crook PM is sitting in London with the absconder!
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Joe May 13, 2023 06:05pm
Can he dare to appear in public without any security?
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John May 13, 2023 06:06pm
Stop curbing freedom of speech! Its Internet era! Stop the Paindoo mentality!
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Sumroo May 13, 2023 06:30pm
The crooks and crooks and generals should stop the destruction of Pakistan! Engorge is enough!
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Sumroo May 13, 2023 06:34pm
Time for accountability for the crooks and corrupt generals who eat up 60 percent of budget and in the end kill their own people! What shame! What pity! No more...this madness must stop!
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Adnan May 13, 2023 06:46pm
Good, some deadline....... elections deadline..... Inflation deadline!..... One more deadline
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BK May 13, 2023 06:46pm
Munir do the right and patriotic thing and resign! With this single move PAK will be out of chaos, army’s credibility and respect might get restored and people of Pakistan can choose their destiny through ballot!
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Hassan May 13, 2023 06:54pm
Elections will be on time InshAllah
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TimeToMovveOn May 13, 2023 07:14pm
@BK, False. Kasmir is better than Pakistan. Your media only shows negative pictures. Kashmir economy, tourism, and infrastructure are far far better than Karachi or Islamabad. Kashmir budget is mover a billion dollars, the same amount your are trying to borrow for your country.
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TimeToMovveOn May 13, 2023 07:17pm
So while the country was burning, this king was in London? Pathetic
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Abdul Matin May 13, 2023 07:54pm
The only thing he is good at is "boot polish"
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BK May 13, 2023 10:02pm
@TimeToMovveOn, well it depends on what aspect you are looking at. I am not talking about economy or tourism etc. I am referring to basic human rights. People being treated like second class citizens in their own country (Pak and occupied Kashmir) is what I am referring to.
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Faiz May 14, 2023 01:38am
"Imran Khan did what Pakistan’s enemy could not in the nation’s 75-year history" The division of Pakistan due to Bhutto's ego is a joke to you???
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