Man grabs ‘defaulter’ Sheikh Rashid by collar outside Parliament


Islamabad June 08 (TNS): In an unusual and embarrassing episode, a man waylaid Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed outside the Parliament House on Thursday morning, demanding to pay off his Rs2.2 million he (Rashid) owed him.

The incident happed, when the man, who identified himself a former president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rawalpindi chapter,  ambushed Sheikh Rashid right outside the Parliament, as soon as he showed up to participate in the ongoing proceedings of the National Assembly.

The man grabbed Sheikh Rashid by his collar as soon as he got off his vehicle, demanded to return his Rs2.2 million, which was due on him. The man said that he is doing business in Japan and Sheikh Rashid had bought a vehicle from him some 15 years back and he had promised to pay off the sum immediately. According to the man, Sheikh Rashid was, however, constantly dodging him and whenever he demanded to return the sum, he (Rashid) resorted to delaying tactics.

The man, who had interrupted Sheikh Rashid in front of a crew of cameramen and reporters, insisted that Shiek Rashid accompanied him to Faisal Mosque, make ablution and swear by God that he did not owe him money. Sheikh Rashid, in a desperate attempt, tried to convince the man to go along with him inside the Parliament and settle the issue amicably. The man refused to budge and chased the fleeing Sheikh Rashid, who lobbed himself towards the gate before the chasing man was stopped by the security staff.

Inside the Parliament, Sheikh Rashid met with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and informed him of the security breach by “outsiders and unwanted elements”. Rashid said that he has already brought the weak security arrangement on the premises of the Parliament. Nisar later said in a statement said that the man has been taken into custody.

Later, while talking to the media, Sheikh Rashid claimed that the man’s act was staged and it was the handiwork of the Panama-tainted PML-N leadership, who wanted to avenge him for taking their leaders to the court and the JIT over their corruption. He said that he along with the PTI chief Imran Khan will not spare them and go after them until they were punished by the courts.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Rashid has filed an application at the Secretariat Police Station, identifying the man as Malik Noor Awan, accusing him of attacking him. Sheikh Rashid said in his application that Awan was a leader of the PML-N and if any harm was done to him, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should be held responsible.