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‘My guard was hit first’: Nawaz defends guard who attacked SAMAA TV cameraman 

Nawaz puts the entire blame on cameraman

Reporting | - Posted: Dec 18, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Dec 18, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif defended the guard responsible for the attack on SAMAA TV cameraman Wajid Ali outside parliament on Monday. 

The PML-N Quaid, who was apologetic before, put the entire blame on the cameraman while he spoke to media inside the accountability court chamber on Tuesday.

He said that his guard, identified as Shakoor, was in front of him and he was moving people away from him. "I was watching him. He pushed the cameraman. However, he [cameraman] hit Shakoor on the forehead with his camera after which he was injured," he said.

Related: Nawaz assures journalists that his guards would never attack them again

The journalists' community said that cameramen can never do that as they hold their cameras to be extremely precious. Others pointed out that no one saw the injury on Shakoor's forehead, adding that there was no medical report either.

Interestingly, Nawaz's statements are in complete contradiction to what he said before. He remarked: "I assure you that such actions will not be held in future." The PML-N Quaid has taken notice of the attack. “I condemn the attack on Wajid Ali,” he said, adding that he was quite saddened by it. I ordered his treatment when I got to know about it, Nawaz said. “I respect the journalists’ community a lot,” he added.

Was Nawaz there or not?

Nawaz's statements have created confusion as to if he were present when the attacked occurred or not. On Monday, PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb remarked that Nawaz was not present when the attack occurred. However, Nawaz portrayed himself to be an eye-witness.

She remarked that Nawaz had left parliament when the incident happened, adding that he found out about it later. "Nawaz himself called me and informed me about it." She said that strict action will be taken against the guard.

Related: Nawaz Sharif’s guards attack SAMAA TV cameraman in Islamabad

Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan remarked that the country knows about Nawaz's attitude and behaviour. "His guard took down a cameraman like a wrestler and rather than firing him, Nawaz has jumped in for his defence," he said. He is stubborn on this issue like he has been on other issues.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said that chief justice should take notice of the attack. He remarked that a case should be registered against Nawaz too. Rasheed was speaking to media outside Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad.

The attack 

SAMAA TV cameraman Wajid Ali was left unconscious after being attacked by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s bodyguards outside parliament on Monday. His condition is said to be stable now.

Ali was making footage of Nawaz Sharif while he was leaving parliament. His camera hit the shoulder of Nawaz’s chief security officer by mistake. The enraged security officer ordered his subordinates to “get that boy and teach him a lesson”. The security guards pushed Wajid Ali on the ground and one kicked his skull. The cameraman fell unconscious with blood dripping from his nose and mouth. The disqualified prime minister didn’t notice it and left in his vehicle without his security protocol.

Related: SAMAA TV cameraman Wajid Ali in stable condition after being attacked by Nawaz’s guards

The enraged security officer ordered his subordinates to “get that boy and teach him a lesson”. The security guards pushed Wajid Ali on the ground and one kicked his skull. The cameraman fell unconscious with blood dripping from his nose and mouth.

A case has been registered against three security guards under sections 355 (assault with intent to dishonour a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860. Two security guards have been taken into custody.

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  1. Abbas Hussain  December 18, 2018 4:35 pm/ Reply

    Arrogance beyond belief.

    There is no defence to assaulting someone who is unable to defend himself because the assault has knocked him to the ground.

    To then violently kick someone in the head and leave them unconscious is totally unacceptable.

    In some countries the assault would be considered as grievous bodily harm and the punishment would be a prison sentence..

    But this is Pakistan!!!

  2. Syed Razi Uddin, Group Captain (R)  December 19, 2018 2:25 am/ Reply

    Whatever happened before can be set aside as no footage is available but anyone coming in speed and jump and hit a non moving human inuring upto any extent is surely a serious assault and crime. The footage is sufficient for Mr Shakoor to spend some time in future with his boss at Adiala…soon.

    This entourage of this arrogant person kill a boy while he was on mission Kiyon Nikaala on GT Road, last year. Even then he and his son-in-law were casual on the death of the boy. The cameraman is still a lucky chap.

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