Pakistan to approach Saudi Arabia for action against Masjid-e-Nabawi slogan chanters

Interior minister warns PTI members of serious consequences, advises them “to stay within their limits"

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Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah (left) and PM Adviser Qamar Zaman Kaira addressing a press conference in Islamabad. — Screengrab
Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah (left) and PM Adviser Qamar Zaman Kaira addressing a press conference in Islamabad. — Screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Following the slogan-chanting at Masjid-e-Nabwi (PBUH) against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday announced that Pakistan would request Saudi Arabia to take action against those involved.

Addressing a press conference flanked by Adviser to Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sanaullah warned PTI members of serious consequences and advised them “to stay within their limits”.

“If you want to fight with us, do democratically,” the interior minister said, adding that boundaries shouldn’t be crossed while fighting democratically.

Commenting on former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed’s statement before the Madina incident took place, Sanaullah said that former prime minister Imran Khan and Rasheed’s “planning over the incident is on record.”

He said it was clearly said that "when these people [Pakistani delegation] will visit the two holy mosques, we will see how people treat them.”

The interior minister said that he is under severe pressure after last night’s incident; however, he has asked everybody to refrain from taking any action, warning them of party discipline against them if anyone took any action.

“It is very easy to gather and send around fifty men but this action makes politics difficult,” he said, adding that this is not good for the parliamentary system.

Sanaullah went on to say that the PTI government has tested PML-N's courage and perseverance for four years.

"Compete with us according to democratic norms if you want to but do not cross the limits," Sanaullah said.

He said that Imran Khan sometimes creates drama to avoid corruption scandals.

The Interior Minister said that Imran warns people that they will not get married but he himself got married at the age of 65.

Sanaullah said that PTI has to go to the people to ask for votes but they would have to face the then if they create such an environment.

Rana Sanaullah will reveal secrets on right time: Kaira

Taking a jibe at Imran Khan, Kaira said that it was alright as long as the institution ran with him and as long as the people were with him but became wrong when separated.

He said that PML-N has been showing tolerance and will continue to do so.

"Now we understand what the connection was in which the former chief justice declared you [Imran Khan] saadiq and amin," Kaira said.

He said that the President of Pakistan is being the leader of the Opposition.

Kaira said that Sanaullah has many secrets which he will reveal at the right time.

He questioned why an oath is not being administered to the Punjab CM-elect when the court accepted the Punjab Assembly procedure and directed to administer the oath.