Railway minister Sheikh Rashid came under physical attack in London. He was attacked near Earl’s Court tube station. Sheikh Rashid was attending an event in a hotel near the tube station. He was attacked when he came out in the open to smoke a cigar. One man and women physically attacked him with punches and pelted eggs at him. The eggs were thrown on his head and face.
According to the initial media reports, the attack was politically motivated. Later, two PPP London leaders claimed the responsibility of this attack. They were identified as Asif Ali khan, President People’s Youth Organisation Europe, and Samah Naz, General Secretary for Greater London women’s Wing. Both confirm the attack in a statement and said that they had attacked Sheikh Rasheed because he has been using “abusive language” against PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Asif Khan and Samah Naz claimed that Rasheed has been continuously using “abusive and bad language during interviews against our Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He should be thankful we only used eggs as a British way of dealing with such uncivilised politician. He started this we ended it”. They denied a physical attack on Sheikh Rashid and said they just throw eggs at him.
Sheikh Rashid went to London to attend the protests against India. But he did not participated in the huge protest outside Indian embassy near Trafalgar square. Sheikh Rasheed was criticized for being in the UK but not taking part in protest against India in London and doing shopping with business tycoon Aneel Musarrat.
But Sheikh Rashid defended his decision not to attend the protest. He said that it was a considered decision that he didn’t attend the London because that could have caused another controversy. Local leader of Sheikh Rashid’s party Saleem Sheikh confirmed that minister had cancelled participation in London after receiving intelligence report that he could be attacked at the rally. “There were several plans to attack him. We are going to take further action because violence is unacceptable for all.” The local PTI leaders in London also condemned the attack on railway minister.
Sheikh Rashid was seen in the company of Aneel Musarrat while shopping in London. Sheikh Rashid is the vocal opponent of both PPP and PML-N and harshly criticise the leadership of both parties.
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17 November, 2019