NAROWAL: Police on Saturday arrested a man, Bilal Haris, for hurling a shoe at Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal during a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers convention in Narowal.
The interior minister bearly escaped the shoe while addressing the workers in the Aliabad area of his constituency.
After the incident, the workers grabbed the man and handed him over to the police. Iqbal descended from the stage leaving his speech in between following the incident.
He, however, directed the police not to take legal action against the man, reported a private media outlet. The intruder was later released.
Earlier in the day, Iqbal told journalists that Pakistan was facing conspiracies and the country’s enemies were working overtime to spread anarchy. The “surgical strikes” are being carried out on the country’s political stability, he added.
Shoe-throwing, or shoeing, showing the sole of one’s shoe or using shoes to insult are forms of protest in many parts of the world. Shoe-throwing as an insult dates back to ancient times, even mentioned in Psalm 108:9 in the Old Testament.
Pakistani have often protested against their political figures by hurling shoes at them, a form of protest in many parts of the world. Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari, PPP leader and former Sindh CM Ghulam Arbab Rahim, and former dictator Pervez Musharraf–who had been thrown shoes at twice– had been shoed.
Tajammul Lodhi threw his shoe at Pervez Musharraf while Musharraf was leaving Sindh High Court after obtaining an extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases. Lodhi later said in an interview that he had thrown the shoe because he hated Musharraf for trying to destroy democracy in Pakistan. Musharraf was hit on the nose, according to Wikipedia, a website developed collaboratively by a community of users.