Looking back at May 9: A black day in Pakistan’s history

On Tuesday evening, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Attaullah Tarar, condemned the events of May 9, 2023. He labeled it a black day in Pakistan’s history. Tarar vowed to ensure accountability for the perpetrators, stressing the importance of swift judicial action.

Moreover, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is scheduled to address a special event commemorating the May 9 incidents. He highlighted the seriousness of the situation and the government’s resolve to restore order and justice.

What transpired on May 9?

Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and former Prime Minister, was detained on May 9, 2023. The government, led by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, alleges Khan’s involvement in recent assaults and accuses him of masterminding the attacks.

The detention of Khan triggered widespread protests across several cities, including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, and Multan. These demonstrations escalated into violence, resulting in significant damage to public and governmental property. Reports of arson, vandalism, and assaults on government and military facilities emerged, accompanied by tragic loss of life.

In response to the unrest, the government implemented a mobile internet blockade and cracked down on PTI leaders, workers, and supporters.

Additionally, individuals associated with PTI’s cause in media and legal circles were targeted, and civilian trials within military courts were initiated, sparking controversy and legal challenges.

The PTI, however, contends that the events of May 9 were orchestrated by the military establishment as a false flag operation to dismantle the party and incriminate Khan.

These developments have left a profound impact on Pakistan’s political system, raising concerns about civil liberties and justice. The situation continues to be a subject of national debate and scrutiny.

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