LAHORE  -  Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that welcoming former premier Nawaz Sharif on airport was “a bigger and more sacred task than Haj”.

Speaking to a private television channel, Rana Sanaullah, who was answering a question missing Nawaz Sharif’s flight, said that workers are taking to the streets to show solidarity with the “respect vote” slogan given by the party’s supreme leader and not just to receive Nawaz and his daughter.

The anchor questioned if they are going to Haj, upon which Sanaullah said it is a “more sacred task than Haj”. Despite protest by the anchors interviewing him, Rana Sanaullah said that he thinks there is nothing more sacred than coming out for the sake of their country’s good. People of the country and religious scholars have condemned his statement