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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that “perpetrators, planners and facilitators” of May 9 violence should not be spared at any cost, Aaj News reported.

In his televised address after chairing the meeting of the National Security Committee, he underlined that “even the prime minister of Pakistan should not be allowed to pardon the culprits.”

He was referring to violence that broke out across Pakistan on May 9 following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

He regretted that the culprits destroyed and burned the Jinnah House (Corps Commander House) in Lahore.

“Jinnah house is sacred and it was destroyed during the wave of violence,” said PM Shehbaz.

“The perpetrators, planners, and facilitators of the attack fall under the label of terrorism.”

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Even the enemies of Pakistan were not able to harm Jinnah House in the history of the nation, he said.

“The martyrs and armed forces were insulted,” the PM lamented. “The General Headquarters (GHQ) and ISI office in Faisalabad were also targeted. It was a heart-wrenching scene.”

Citing that the government and people of Pakistan stood with the armed forces, he condemned the violence that took place last week.

“We are indebted to the armed forces and their families,” he said. “Perpetrators, planners, and facilitators of the attack should not be spared. They will face the law.”

They should be punished to put an end to this activity once and for all, he said.

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“We will punish them according to the constitution,” the PM said.

Earlier on Saturday, PM Shehbaz gave a 72-hour deadline to law-enforcement authorities to arrest planners, attackers, and instigators of violence.

“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”.

“Everyone is saddened except for miscreants. They are no lesser than terrorists.”

Following Imran’s arrest, protests erupted throughout Pakistan that transformed into violence.

Nearly 2,000 people were arrested and at least eight were killed.

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

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

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TimeToMovveOn May 16, 2023 07:53pm
The worst thing these riots have done is shift foreign investments from Pakistan to India, Bangladesh, and other countries. You are actually feeding your nemisis. This crisis not a not short term one. There are structural issues that will a decade to sort out. Who is at the top. Military? PDM? or PTI? This is mutually exclusive .
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Parvez May 16, 2023 08:02pm
Agree......but the REAL perpetrators need to be independently identified....and then punished if possible.
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TimeToMovveOn May 16, 2023 08:06pm
It is deplorable that the sitting PDM govt is allowing the prosecution of its citizens by its army. It is like the shepherd throwing his sheep to the wolves. OK
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Rizwan May 16, 2023 11:10pm
Oh please! Stop being such a drama queen.
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bonce richard May 17, 2023 02:09am
@TimeToMovveOn, Punjabi never wants our country will develop. In their blood only corruption and nothing else. Our army is corrupted and making money in the name of Islam and Kashmir.
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bonce richard May 17, 2023 05:32am
@Rizwan , Punjabis are the big actors and are famous for drama. Basically, they belong to prostitution.
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zh May 17, 2023 06:18am
@TimeToMovveOn, Only an idiot would invest in Pakistan as long as these bunch of clowns are overtly and covertly in power.
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zh May 17, 2023 06:20am
The poor stupid man has not yet realized that the people have long ago stopped listening and believing him
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