PTI supporters, PML-N leaders come to blows; shoe thrown at Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD: As the government and its allied lawmakers gathered in the National Assembly for a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan, PTI workers present outside the National Assembly clashed with PML-N workers who had arrived there for a press conference.

As the PML-N leaders started to speak, they were surrounded by the angry crowd, which attempted to drown them out with slogans in support of the prime minister and the ruling party. 

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Musaddiq Malik, Miftah Ismail, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb criticised the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling him a 'fascist' and comparing him to Hitler. 

Meanwhile, PTI supporters carrying pro-Imran banners circled the PML-N leaders and started raising slogans loudly in an attempt to suppress their voice.

The situation turned ugly when the politicians and the PTI supporters started pushing each other and exchanging hot words.

TV footage showed Musaddiq Malik being hit from behind, following which him and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chased down the man who pushed them to deliver some retaliatory blows. 

A Peshawari chappal was thrown at Ahsan Iqbal as he stood on a platform and shouted slogans criticising the government. 

Police, meanwhile, was nowhere to be seen. 

Later, the PML-N leaders reassembled and blamed the government for the situation.

Ahsan Iqbal said that the 'politics of fascism' would not be allowed and the PML-N would contest the government at every forum.

"Today's National Assembly session is illegal, unethical and unconstitutional," said Khaqan Abbasi, adding he too will not back down. 

Security arrived later to break up the scuffles and formed a human wall, separating the protesters from the PML-N leaders.