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Pak foreign minister's face blackened with ink

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Muhammad Asif's face was blackened with ink by a religious extremist when he was addressing his party's workers' convention in province of the country late last night.

The suspect, who was thrashed by the party workers before being handed over to police, allegedly said that had tried to change the finality of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the Constitution which hurt his sentiments.

Asif was speaking at the PML-N workers' convention in Sialkot, his hometown (some 100km from Lahore), when a middle-aged man with long beard, who was standing close to him, threw ink on his face.

The workers grabbed the man and thrashed him before handing him over to police. The was escorted by his after the incident. However, after washing his face, Asif returned and completed his speech.

"I do not know this man. It appears my opponents had given him some money to throw ink at me but I pardon this man and will ask the police to release him," the said, adding this incident does not affect his

"Such an incident adds sympathy for him," he said.

Meanwhile, the Sialkot city police identified the ink thrower as

"Rasool doesn't have any connection with any political party. He told police in his statement that he threw ink at the because his party had tried to change the finality of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the Constitution. This hurt the sentiments of millions of Pakistanis including his," a quoted Rasool as having said in his statement.

He said since the minister is not interested in getting an FIR registered against Rasool, police will set him free after meeting all legal requirements.

Pakistan's Law Minister had to resign last November when hundreds of Tehreek-e-Labbaik supporters camped at Islamabad's Faizabad traffic interchange, forcing the to take action against those in the federal cabinet responsible for attempting to change this clause from the Constitution.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 03:15 IST