The elderly man who was assaulted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Dr Imran Ali Shah has cast doubts on the country’s criminal justice system, wondering if hewould have been able to prove that he was manhandled, had he taken the lawmaker to court.
Talking to the media outside his residence late on Tuesday night, Dawood Chauhan said he had accepted Dr Shah’s apology after PTI leaders Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Najeeb Haroon and Imran Ismail intervened to resolve the matter.
In a video that went viral on social media on Independence Day, Chauhan, a senior additional director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), was seen being assaulted by the MPA on Stadium Road.
Flanked by three armed guards, Dr Shah slapped the CAA official multiple times before leaving in his SUV followed by a personnel carrier. “You know Pakistan and this society better than me,” Chauhan told the journalist who asked him if he was going to file a police complaint.
“Which court would punish him? What will I be able to prove and what not? I have neither money nor nerve [to pursue this case]. I am just a salaried person.”
He, however, thanked the person who made the video of the incident and put it on social media. The incident caused outrage, with people demanding that the PTI take action against the MPA. Later in the evening, the party issued a show-cause notice to the legislator asking him to present his version of his “unacceptable” actions within 24 hours.