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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shoe hurled at Zardari in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM: A middle-aged man hurled shoe at President Asif Ali Zardari when the later arrived to address a party conference here in International Convention Center.

Reports said a man, probably Pakistani-national, threw his two shoes one after the other towards the unpopular president when he came to deliver speech in Pakistan Peoples Party’s conference in city’s convention center.

However, the shoes missed the president and landed near him.

The shoe-thrower, who has not been identifies so far, was captured and taken away by security men. The president also left the hall afterwards amid strict security.

President Zardari is on his visit to Europe amid row and scathing criticism from Pakistani people and European media as well over his absence in Pakistan at times when the country is facing worst ever flood which has killed more than 16,00 and displaced millions.
Earlier, some four hundred people from the Pakistani community gathered outside the conference hall and staged protest demonstration against President Zardari.

They chanted “Go Zardari Go” slogans, demanding relief for millions of Pakistani people affected by the flood in Pakistan.

Hundreds of people belonging to PML-N and other opposition parties and the civil society participated in the demonstrations.

Nearly 10,000 members of the party live in Europe, most of them in Britain.

Zardari is currently in Birmingham. He visited Britain this week for talks overshadowed by a row over remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron alleging Islamabad was not doing enough to fight terrorism. The remarks caused a diplomatic row.

The Pakistani leader during his visit traveled to London from Paris, where he held talks with President Nicholas Sarkozy on ‘security and economic issues’ as part of a three-day visit.

Pakistan is one of Britain's most important allies in fighting terrorism. Nearly 1 million people of Pakistani origin live in Britain.

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