Assault on citizen: PTI suspends membership of MPA Imran Shah, but for a month
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday suspended party membership of its member Sindh Assembly Dr Imran Shah for a month, for thrashing a citizen during traffic brawl in Karachi on August 14.
Party’s newly elected member National Assembly, Najeeb Haroon, confirmed that the membership of Mr Shah has been suspended for a month.
“Due to the seriousness of the matter, a suspension by the organization [PTI] is warranted for a period of one month with immediate effect. Final action will be based on the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee,” he said.
A tweet PTI MNA this morning
The assault caught on camera!
The MPA was filmed slapping the man, identified as Dawood 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 another 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.
The damage control
Thereby, I sincerely and unconditionally apologise to Mr. Dawood and my voters and suppprters for my behaviour. I hope that you all will accept my apology and I promise to observe my conduct that is expected of me both morally and officially by the party’s code of conduct. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/zeEnoMgOo0
— Dr. Imran Ali Shah (@dr_imranshah) August 14, 2018
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 Mr. 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.