Thursday, April 24, 2014
Journalist Threw Shoe At Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif
A journalist in Lahore rushed past the security and threw shoe on chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday, but it missed. The journalist, Imdad Ali working in private Sindhi television launched the projectile at CM Punjab as he was the special guest at three-day South Asia Labour Conference. According to reports Ali raised slogans against the expected restrictions on a news channel. The security staff of the CM Punjab will investigate the journalist regarding the incident after it happened whether he did it himself or any other power was behind it. It is not the first incident of shoe-throwing in Pakistan as former president Parvez Musharraf and former CM Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim also faced shoes thrown on them. But the most famous event of recent years was the Iraqi journalist who hurled his own footwear at former American president W. George Bush at a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008. Muntazer Ali Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a head of state. That was reduced to one year on appeal and his sentence was cut further for good behaviour. In February 2009, a German research student threw show on Chinese premier Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University. Martin Jahnke, 27, was cleared of committing a public order offence.