Supreme Court Justice Athar Minallah encountered a challenging situation during his visit to London when a group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters confronted him outside the London School of Economics, where he was a guest speaker at a conference titled ‘Future of Pakistan.’
The incident, marked by PTI supporters chanting slogans in favor of their party, raised questions about the state of affairs in the country and cases against former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Videos of the confrontation, shared on social media captured the intensity of the moment. LSE students attempted to shield Justice Minallah as PTI supporters filmed him and directed questions about the country’s political landscape and legal matters concerning Imran Khan.
In one video, a man is heard asking a woman to leave the scene, indicating the heightened emotions and charged atmosphere surrounding the confrontation. Another video showed the persistent questioning by the PTI supporters even after Justice Minallah had entered a taxi.
The incident underscores the political polarization within the Pakistani community, even outside the country. Tensions appear to be running high, reflecting the deep-rooted political divisions and passionate opinions on matters concerning PTI and the judiciary.
The footage also captures the challenges faced by Justice Minallah during his visit to London, shedding light on the complexities of being a public figure, especially in the context of political debates and legal proceedings. The incident serves as a reminder of the intense scrutiny faced by individuals associated with the judiciary and politics, with emotions running high on both sides.
While the confrontation was unsettling, it also emphasizes the importance of maintaining respectful dialogue and fostering an environment where diverse perspectives can be expressed without resorting to confrontations that may hinder constructive discourse. The incident in London is a reflection of the broader dynamics at play within the Pakistani political landscape, where differing opinions often lead to heated confrontations.