In a video statement, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said she had prayed for the people who passed derogatory remarks at her in Masjid-e-Nabvi.
To clarify, a group of Pakistani men chanted profanities against the PML-N government delegation as they were being escorted inside Masjid-e-Nabvi.
Marriyum Aurangzeb, in a show of extreme calm and composure despite the upsetting incident at Masjid-e-Nabvi, said she did not feel any anger. Instead, she focused on reciting prayers and also prayed that the people may receive divine guidance.
“It is sad that people used such words at a place where they are the guest of the Holy Prophet,” Marriyum Aurangzeb said.
“So we pray that may they receive guidance. And we also prayed for those who encourage such tactics,” she added.
Marriyum Aurangzeb also condemned the incident, adding that no one should use holy lands for political gains. She hoped that it would take some time to change this negative attitude. She said PML-N workers were also present in Saudi Arabia but they were asked not to adopt such attitude.
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with several federal ministers, is on an official three-day visit to Saudi Arabia. The delegation accompanying the premier includes Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahzain Bugti, Mohsin Dawar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi, Chaudhry Salik, and four members of PM Shehbaz Sharif’s staff.
After arriving in Saudi Arabia, the PML-N delegation went to Masjid-e-Nabvi to pay respect at the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH). However, a group of men encircled PM Sharif and the federal ministers and chanted slogans against them.
The hooligans chanted slogans of “chor, chor (thieves) when they saw the premiere. They also harassed and raised objectionable slogans against Marriyum Aurangzeb.
As a pakistani today, we failed in everything, as a muslim, as a human and as a nation, such a bad incident in Masjid e Nabvi calling chor chor and bla bla, where is our ethics? it's not a masjid only, it's "Masjid-e Nabvi"#توہین_مسجد_نبوی_نامنظور since:2022-04-26_18:05:53_UTC pic.twitter.com/k1a2rTly1K
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Meanwhile, the protesters also misbehaved with the JWP chief and Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Shahzain Bugti and pulled his hair.
Pilgrims shouted ‘chor chor’ as members of Pakistani delegation accompanying Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif arrived to Masjid-e-Nabvi pic.twitter.com/uayBoHrS98
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The incident sparked a strong reaction. Political and religious leaders and people belonging to different segments of society have all condemned the incident. They expressed their outrage on social media against the hooligans for disrespecting the sanctity of the holy place.