6 Pakistanis sentenced to prison for sloganeering in Masjid-e-Nabvi

A Madina-based court awarded 8 and 10 years in prison to 6 Pakistanis for the disrespectful act of raising slogans in the holy mosque of Masjid-e-Nabvi.

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Madina court found 6 Pakistanis guilty of desecrating the holy mosque and ordered imprisonment of Anas, Irshad and Muhammad Salim for 10 years, and Khwaja Luqman, Muhammad Afzal and Ghulam Muhammad for 8 years. Moreover, the court also slapped a fine of 20000 riyals on all six convicts while also confiscating their mobile phones.

The news was reported by Samaa TV quoting Advisor to Prime Minister on Interfaith Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi.

After assuming office, Shehbaz Sharif along with his delegation embarked on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April. During their visit, the delegation also visited Masjid-e-Nabvi, one of the holiest sites of Islam, where they faced harsh reaction from Pakistanis. A group of Pakistanis began to raise slogans against the delegations motivated by political differences, violating the sanctity of Masjid-e-Nabvi. The incident was recorded by several persons in which the perpetrators of the heinous act can be clearly identified.

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Besides raising slogans, the convicts can also be seen abusing and misbehaving with Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Minister for Narcotics Control Shahzain Bugti.

Taking note of the incident, those involved were taken into custody by Saudi authorities and cases were registered against them. A statement issued by the Madina Police spokesperson said, “The legal process has been completed with the arrest of these Pakistanis and the matter has been referred to the appropriate authorities.”

The PDM government had claimed that PTI was behind the whole incident, however, the claim was not proven.

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