Journalist hurls shoe at Punjab chief minister

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif faced an awkward situation at the South Asia Labour Conference on Thursday when a journalist hurled a shoe at him after his questions were not answered.

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Published: Fri 25 Apr 2014, 11:19 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:43 PM

The shoe, however, narrowly missed the chief minister and flew past his face. The journalist Imdad Ali Sodhar, of a private Sindhi TV channel, got angry when he did not get the chief minster’s attention despite asking questions and hurled a shoe at the CM.

The security protocol of the CM immediately encircled the journalist, but neither arrested nor expelled him from the hall. Interestingly, the journalist was forced to take off his other shoe in order to avoid any repeat of his move.

The security staff of the chief minister arrested the journalist to investigate the matter.

After the conference, Shahbaz ordered police to release Imdad Ali immediately.

He said that he and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government believe in ‘freedom of expression’ and give right to everybody to have different opinion.

According to reports, before throwing the show, Imdad Ali raised slogans against expected restrictions on a news channel.

It is not the first incident of throwing shoe in Pakistan as former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim also faced the same situation.

But the most famous event of the recent years happened in Iraq when a journalist hurled his own footwear at then-US president George W. Bush at a Press conference in Baghdad in December 2008.

Muntazer Al Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a head of state.

In February 2009 a German research student threw a shoe at Chinese premier Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University. Martin Jahnke, 27, was cleared of committing a public order offence. — Online

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