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Pakistan

May 9 darkest day in Pakistan's history: PM Shehbaz

  • The premier says IK-led mob torched Jinnah House in Lahore like terrorists set Ziarat Residency on fire
Published May 21, 2023

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that May 9 was the darkest day in Pakistan’s history when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan-led miscreants torched the Corps Commander House - also known as Jinnah House in Lahore like the terrorists had set Quaid’s Residency in Ziarat on fire during 2013.

He made these remarks while addressing a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation at the Prime Minister’s House.

The government blames May 9 violence following Imran Khan’s arrest on PTI. However, the PTI chief refutes the government’s allegations and claims that the attacks on military installations were pre-planned to justify the crackdown on his party.

The premier said on May 9, Imran Khan and his followers stoked terrorism and violence that amounted to anti-state acts.

“They caused damage to such a huge extent that even the enemies of Pakistan could not do it in the last 75 years,” he added.

The prime minister further equated the attack on GHQ by the PTI leaders and supporters to the one mounted by the terrorist outfit TTP in the past.

He said the terrorists had attacked a naval facility in Karachi in the past and the PTI leader and his supporters damaged the plane in Mianwali which had been used to defend the country.

“Unfortunately, these Pakistanis turned into enemies of the country and carried out attacks. Radio Pakistan and several other buildings were attacked,” he added.

“Such agonizing incidents will continue to haunt the nation,” the prime minister regretted.

Seeking progress on the legal proceedings against the culprits, the prime minister reiterated that during previous meetings, it was decided that anyone involved in the incidents of planning, instigating, sloganeering, and vandalism would not escape the iron claws of law.

Regarding damages caused to the civilian buildings, it was decided that the cases would be tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act and those on military installations would proceed under the relevant laws, he maintained.

Attack on Corp Commander’s house in Lahore

Following Imran’s arrest last week on Tuesday, protesters torched the Jinnah House, which was being used as the residence of the Lahore corps commander.

The piano, writing table, desk, and sword of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, were also set ablaze by miscreants.

These antiques had been donated by the Quaid to the government of Pakistan, and they were preserved in Jinnah House as national heritage, sources told Business Recorder.

“Over 150 policemen were injured during violent protests across Punjab after the arrests of PTI Chief. At least 63 policemen were injured in Lahore, 28 in Rawalpindi, 21 in Faisalabad, 10 in Attock, 13 in Gujranwala, five in Sialkot and six in Mianwali,” sources said.

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin said he would not sit with comfort until the arrest of each and every person responsible for the vandalism.

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Tulukan Mairandi May 21, 2023 06:35pm
Agree. Even darker than the partition of 1971
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Boncr May 21, 2023 06:40pm
Very Punjabi will ruin and divide Pakistan.
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Rizwan May 21, 2023 07:13pm
PDM couldn't care less about damage to state asset on May 9 by protestors. They just want IK out somehow.
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K Khan May 21, 2023 08:05pm
Don't exaggerate. Loss of East Pakistan, thanks to ZAB was much darker as you will realize.
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Muhammad Asad May 21, 2023 09:01pm
janab logo k pas khane k pese nhjhi hain uska bhi soch lo... civilians bhi insan hain akhir
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Zubair May 21, 2023 10:28pm
How easy for you corrupt government to forget about 1971, APS attacks and countless loss of lives in terrorist attacks! Shame on you to forget all that.
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Parvez May 21, 2023 10:59pm
He forgets Model Town where 18 innocent including women were massacred, Peshawar School shooting where over a 100 children and women where killed in cold blood etc, etc....... playing politics on the deaths of innocent people without conducting a impartial enquiry is quite shallow.
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zh May 22, 2023 02:04am
The dotard, Ss does not comprehend that the May 9 is NOT the darkest in the history or Pakistan by a huge margin. The day when 132 children were killed was much darker. But he doormats would do anything to lick the ---- of the COAS.
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Jahangir May 22, 2023 06:20pm
How many more darkest days in store for Pakistani people who are struggling and dying in lines to to get a bag of flour!
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Zeeshan Khalique May 23, 2023 01:09pm
I think committee should formulate a parliamentary committee authorize to develop less darker to darkest tones and approve from joint parliamentary session.
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