Pak minister punched, pelted with eggs in UK

Accused of using abusive language against PPP chief

Islamabad, August 23 

Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was allegedly assaulted in the UK by two members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), who pelted him with eggs and also punched him for using “abusive language” for their party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. 

The assault took place on Tuesday when Ahmed, who is also the chief of the Awami Muslim League (AML), came out of a hotel after attending an award ceremony in London. The attackers fled the scene. Later, two members of the PPP in the UK — Asif Ali Khan, president, People’s Youth Organisation, Europe; and Samah Naz, general secretary, Greater London Women’s Wing — issued a statement saying that they had attacked Ahmed, the News International reported on Friday.

AML’s UK president Saleem Sheikh told the News International that he would be speaking to Ahmed to get his permission for registration of a police case against the assailants. 

Saleem Sheikh claimed that the attack was “pre-planned” as not many people knew that Ahmed would be stepping out of the venue using the side exit of the building. Asif Ali Khan and Samah Naz, meanwhile, claimed that Ahmed had been continuously using “abusive language during interviews” against PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. “He should be thankful we used only eggs as a British way of dealing with such uncivilised politician,” he added. — IANS

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