- Says even PM should not be allowed to forgive them
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.”
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.
“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.