Shoe hurled at Imran Khan hits Aleem Khan on stage in Gujrat (VIDEO)

  • The PTI chairman remains safe; attacker taken into custody
Pakistan

GUJRAT – PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan was hit by a shoe hurled from the audience at a public rally in Gujrat, inviting a storm on social media.

Just as the party chairman, Imran Khan, turned to left while addressing the crowd atop a vehicle in the evening, a shoe came flying and hit Aleem, who was standing beside him, squarely in the chest. The PTI leader brushed off his chest and continued to smile.

Imran, who appeared to have not noticed that the incident happened, remained safe..

The man who threw the show was arrested by the security staff. Media reports suggest he was “upset at Imran Khan supporting Zardari”.

While Imran Khan’s party blame the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the “shameful act”, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah was quick to condemn the incident, saying that such shameful stunts can never be encouraged.

Condemning the incident, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal urged tolerance and respect in politics.

The incident also invited a mixed storm on social media:

Nawaz Sharif under shoe attack

The incident comes two days after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was hit by a shoe at a seminary in Lahore during his address. Following the incident, the attacker was detained by the seminary’s administration and later handed over to the police.

Nawaz Sharif attacked in Lahore: Shoe hurled at former PM at Jamia Naeemia (VIDEO)

The attack on the ousted PM had drawn widespread condemnation from all mainstream political and religious parties.

Aleem Khan also comdemned the incident on twitter:

A day prior to that, a man threw black ink on the face of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif during a PML-N workers convention in Sialkot on Saturday night.

Asif was addressing the convention when the man standing near the stage threw the ink from a bottle while raising the slogan of “Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah”.

VIDEO: Black ink thrown at Khawaja Asif in Sialkot

The minister’s face was smeared with black ink but he continued his speech and left the stage only after completing it. A man was arrested after the incident; however, Asif said he should be released saying he has no enmity with him.

Last month, a man hurled a shoe at Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal while he was addressing a workers’ convention in Narowal.