It’s the big day for Junaid Safdar and Aisha Saif as they tie the knot in a nikkah ceremony at the five-star Lanesborough Hotel in London. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has arrived at the venue in Mercedes-Benz SUV protected by guards. Inside the hotel, it proceeds smoothly. Outside, however, a few dozen activists from the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) have attempted to disrupt the event by chanting slogans and holding placards.
Scenes of heated exchanges between PTI and PML-N workers have made it to social media after videos went viral. One of the videos shows a PML-N worker first pleading with a PTI woman to leave the spot and then losing his temper. Other PML-N workers retrained him. Slogans of “wazir-e-azam Nawaz Sharif” could be heard in the background. The PTI worker was finally shown out by other people present at the scene, many of them carried Nawaz Sharif’s pictures.
It appeared that PML-N workers outnumbered their PTI rivals.
Another video shows a larger anit-PMLN crowd gathered at the gate. They carried placards that asked whether money from Pakistan’s national exchequer had been used to cover wedding expenses.
A third video captures PTI men retreating from the hotel as they are being shown out by suited guards. They are chased by PMLN workers chanting “wazir-e-azam Nawaz Sharif.”
Both parents of Junaid Safdar, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar Awan were unable to attend the wedding as they are not in the UK.