Pakistan to lawfully punish May 9 arsonists as US did to Capitol Hill rioters: PM Sharif

Updated: May 26 2023 9:58PM

Karachi, May 26 (PTI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said his government has every right to lawfully punish the individuals responsible for the unprecedented violent incidents on May 9, similar to the actions taken by the US government against its citizens who stormed the Capitol Hill building on January 6, 2021.

Violent protests sparked across the country on May 9 after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was arrested from the premises of the Islamabad High Court. The government later launched a massive crackdown against the PTI leaders and workers and rounded up thousands of people on charges of attacking civil and military installations.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of a water supply project here, Sharif said the politics of chaos culminated on May 9 in the form of the desecration of the nation’s martyrs and security installations.