A newly-elected provincial assembly member from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has landed himself in hot water after a video purportedly showing him beating a man who tried to cross his vehicle went viral on social media.
Imran Ali Shah who was elected as a member of the Sindh Assembly has been issued a show-cause notice by his party to explain the incident.
In the video, Shah, who is also a prominent orthopaedic surgeon, was seen intercepting a car and beating up its driver who is surrounded by the PTI leader's armed bodyguards near a stadium here.
The alleged incident sparked widespread condemnation as PTI chief Imran Khan has been campaigning for elected representatives to travel without protocol and avoid causing problems to ordinary citizens.
The party, in a statement, said such behaviour by a lawmaker is unacceptable and if he fails to explain his act, disciplinary action would be taken against him.
Video Shows ‘Half-Truth’
Shah, however, termed the video as "half-truth" and claimed he had intercepted the man because he was harassing another elderly citizen driving a car and the man also used abusive language.
The driver who was beaten by Shah said he was going to a hospital with his grandchildren when he got in way of the the lawmaker's convoy and this angered him. In a series of tweets, Shah tried to justify his actions and said that he is a ‘responsible citizen’ and the circulated clip only shows ‘half-truth.
Being a responsible citizen and a member of provincial assembly I have more responsibility towards my people, The viraled clip is half truth and misleading. I cannot turn a blind eye on someone doing injustice to a citizen for any reason. pic.twitter.com/t4a3BCeAta— Dr. Imran Ali Shah (@dr_imranshah) August 14, 2018
Thereby, I sincerely and unconditionally apologise to Mr. Dawood and my voters and suppprters for my behaviour. I hope that you all will accept my apology and I promise to observe my conduct that is expected of me both morally and officially by the party's code of conduct. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/zeEnoMgOo0— Dr. Imran Ali Shah (@dr_imranshah) August 14, 2018
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