PTI MPA Imran Ali Shah submitted on Monday a written reply to the Supreme Court, two days after he was issued a notice for thrashing a citizen on Karsaz Road in Karachi. According to him, he “acted in the exercise of right of self-defence”.
On August 18, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took notice of an incident in which the PTI MPA thrashed a citizen. The court had asked Shah and his party to submit a reply in three days. The citizen, who was identified as Dawood Chauhan, was also directed to submit his version of events before the court.
In his written reply, Shah says that he apprehended that “the driver of the car [Chauhan] was aiming to hit the park[ed car] either to hurt or kill the driver of the car”. According to him, he “came out of his car to save the human life” and prevent “further damage to the car”.
He says that when he “saw the anger of Mr Chauhan, [he] had the reason to believe that he will be assaulted and in defence he reacted”. According to him, the way he “acted was in the exercise of right of self-defence”.
In the end, he tenders an “unconditional apology for all that happened on August 14 at 6pm” and pleaded that he be “pardoned and exonerated”. “Any other relief deemed fit in the circumstances of the case may also be granted,” says the written reply that bears the names of Supreme Court advocates Syed Hamid Ali Shah and Arshad Ali Chaudhry.
Earlier this week, a video of Shah hitting a man in Karachi went viral. After facing criticism on social media and from his own party, Shah went to Chauhan’s house and apologised to him.
Following his apology, Chauhan’s son, Labib Chauhan, took to social media to express his reservations. Labib said his father is friends with PTI leaders from Karachi, Firdous Shamin Naqvi and Najeeb Haroon, and it was only because of them that they let Shah enter their house. “What if my father was an unknown man, would Imran have still come?” he questioned.