People involved in May 9 violence will not be spared: Pakistani PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that those involved in the May 9 violence and attacked military installations and state institutions would not be spared.
Addressing a meeting here on the state of law and order in the country following the violence following the arrest of Imran Khan, the ousted prime minister and leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party on May 9, Sharif said that the “rioters” will not be allowed to escape the law.
“It has been decided that all those involved in the events of May 9…planners, aggressors or whoever…will be punished in accordance with the law and the Constitution,” he said.
On May 9, violent protests erupted after Khan was arrested in a bribery case by paramilitary Rangers from Islamabad High Court premises.
His party activists vandalized about ten military installations, including the Jinnah House (Lahore Corps Commander House), Mianwali Air Base and ISI building in Faisalabad. The Army Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi was also attacked by mobs for the first time.
Police have killed 10 people in violent clashes while Khan’s party says 40 of its staff lost their lives in gunfire from security personnel.
Thousands of Khan’s supporters have been arrested following the violence that the mighty military has called a “black day” in the country’s history.
Prime Minister Sharif said it was no joke that terrorists attacked air force facilities in Karachi and then dozens of ‘Imran people torched the plane in Mianwali’ which was used against the enemy.
“I had asked the Chief Minister of Punjab about counter-terrorism courts, prosecutors, FIR […] and I have told the Home Secretary and the Director General of the Intelligence Bureau to fulfill their responsibilities as well,” he said.
The prime minister compared the “PTI violence on May 9” to the acts of the banned Pakistani terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban.
The TTP burned down the Jinnah House in Ziarat (Balochistan) and the PTI burned down the Jinnah House in Lahore… which is now the residence of the Core Commander.
“TTP attacked GHQ [General Headquarters] and those enemies of the state…the PTI…also attacked the GHQ,” said Sharif, also chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.
He also said the rioters also vandalized the state-run Radio Pakistan office in Peshawar.
“These events will affect the nation psychologically for years to come,” he said.
He also reaffirmed that those who attack military installations will be tried under the laws of the Constitution.
“On the other hand, those involved in attacks on civilian institutions will be tried under the anti-terrorism law in civilian courts,” he said.
He also called the May 9 violence a “black day” in the country’s history.
“It will be remembered as the day when terrorism was perpetrated against the state by goons under the orders of Imran Niazi,” he said.
Niazi is the tribal surname of Imran Khan but he never used it during his cricketing years as a politician but Prime Minister Sharif and many other leaders use it as a taunt.


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