PM Shehbaz visits vandalised Jinnah House, says govt stands by army

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — AFP
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — AFP 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with the interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, visited the vandalised Jinnah House, the residence of the Lahore corps commander, which was attacked by violent protestors after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Al Qadir trust case. During his visit, the premier extended his support to the country’s military leadership. He also visited the injured law enforcement personnel, including Deputy Inspector-General of Police Ali Nasir Rizvi, who had his eye operated after being hit by a stone during the PTI supporters’ protests.

After visiting Jinnah House, PM Shehbaz presided over a meeting at the Safe City office where the caretaker Chief Minister briefed him on the law and order situation in the province. The two also made some important decisions regarding the maintenance of law and order in Punjab.

On May 9, after the arrest of Imran Khan, protestors attacked the Jinnah House in Lahore, demanding his release. In response to this violence, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) called the day a “dark chapter” in history. The ISPR accused members of PTI of organising attacks on army properties and installations and raising anti-army slogans. However, PTI denied the allegations and denounced the violence.

Following the attack on the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the ransacking of the Lahore Corps Commander’s home, authorities have registered cases against senior PTI leaders.