Man who faced off Sheikh Rashid gets bail

Man who faced off Sheikh Rashid gets bail

Islamabad June 09 (TNS): Malik Noor Awan, who was booked and arrested by Secretariat police on Thursday for confronting Awami Muslim League chief Shiekh Rashid outside Parliament, was granted bail by a judicial magistrate in Islamabad on Friday.

Police produced Awan before Judicial Magistrate Syed Haider Shah, seeking his physical remand. The magistrate, however, turned down the police request and granted bail to Awan against a sum of Rs50,000.

Talking to the media, Awan said that he was the actual victim but the police arrested him instead of arresting Sheikh Rashid, who owes him money. “It is strange, the lender is in police custody while the borrower is walking scot-free,” Awan said.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Rashid has submitted a privilege motion in the National Assembly seeking a debate on the episode occurred to him outside the Parliament due to the security lapse.

The incident happened on Thursday, when Awan, who identified himself a former president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Rawalpindi chapter,  ambushed Sheikh Rashid right outside the Parliament, demanding to pay off his Rs2.2 million he (Rashid) owed him.

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.