LAHORE: Former minister for Railways and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was Pakistan’s very own Bal Thackeray, who “provoked his supporters to resort to violence and attack PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif’s residence in London”.
Reacting to a video of the attack making rounds over the internet, Saad took to Twitter and said that attacking Nawaz’s house was a shameful act of “PTI’s crooks”.
He said that there was no room for such violent acts in politics and the incident was regrettable.
لندن میں میاں نواز شریف کے گھر پر پی ٹی آٸ کے غنڈوں کا حملہ شرمناک اقدام ھے
عمران خان پاکستان کے بال ٹھاکرے ھیں ، اپنے حامیوں کو تشدد پر اُبھارنا اُن کا وطیرہ ھے
— Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique) July 9, 2018
It merits mention that the PML-N leader drew a comparison between the PTI chief and Bal Thackeray – founder of Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing ethnocentric party – after a protest by London-based Pakistanis outside the Avenfield flats owned by Nawaz Sharif.
On Sunday night, an angry mob, allegedly led by supporters of the Imran Khan-led PTI, attempted to attack the Avenfield properties of the Sharif family.
However, the British chapter of the PTI condemned the incident and said there was no truth in the accusation that the party’s workers were behind the incident.