MPA Shah apologises to SC, says he hit citizen in ‘self-defence’


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member of Sindh Assembly Imran Ali Shah on Monday submitted a written apology to the Supreme Court (SC) for thrashing a Karachi citizen publicly, however, he maintained his position that he acted in self-defence.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took notice of Shah’s public assault on a citizen earlier this week.

CJP had demanded that Shah and the citizen, Dawood Chauhan present a report within three days.

PTI MPA Imran Shah drew strong backlash on the social media after a video of him brutally thrashing Chauhan went viral on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. A lot of people demanded suspension of membership of the party leader while some called upon the party to withdraw him as a legislator from the provincial legislature.

The MPA was filmed slapping Chauhan multiple times during a street altercation with his security guards around.

Shortly after the incident, the MPA had issued a video claiming that the man, whom he had beaten up, was misbehaving with “a poor man” on the street. “I got off my car and asked him what’s wrong, but he also hurled abuses on me and I just defended myself,” he had said.

But later he maintained silence on his first version and in a damage control, tendered apology to the citizen. Some other party leaders had reportedly taken Shah to Dawood’s residence to settle the issue.

After the video went viral, the PTI took notice of the incident and issued a show-cause notice to the MPA-elect. Senior party leader Firdous Naqvi had also tweeted that he had launched a probe.

The notice had demanded that Shah should present his version “within 24 hours” otherwise he would be referred to the disciplinary committee for appropriate action


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