Recently, we’ve seen a shocking video going viral where PTI MPA, Dr.Imran Ali Shah beat up a random guy on the road, with his guards hurling insults at the poor guy who was allegedly protesting against VIP protocol.
Apparently, Dawood Chauhan, who is a senior deputy director for coordination at the CAA, was defending his stance in front of guards and a couple of other people.
That’s when Imran Ali Shah himself jumped in and started beating him up, in Karachi.
Dr. #ImranAliShah assaulting a citizen for (reportedly)protesting against VIP protocol culture.
He’s PTI’s MP, Sindh who took Oath yesterday.@ImranKhanPTI must rein in the ‘goon mentality’ within PTI & @Fsnaqvi should dismiss him from the party that promised IK’s Naya Pakistan pic.twitter.com/fESqRsBWkJ
— Faeza Dawood (@FaezaDawood) August 14, 2018
The Twitterverse was furious when they saw a party official manhandling a citizen after taking oath in the Parliament a day prior to the incident. They took to social media to exclaim their disgust.
Some noticed the absence of Police during the incident.
#ImranAliShah Where was police when this was happening?? Police should probe the case and do the legal procedure. Social media can't be the judge and the jury.
— Pernia Khan (@PerniaKhan) August 15, 2018
Others urged PM-elect Imran Khan to rid the country of people like Imran Ali Shah.
#ImranAliShah @ImranKhanPTI needs to get rid of hooligans like Shah from his party. He's proved that all the foreign education has not rid this man of the superiority complex & elitist attitude where he feels he can intimidate citizens with his "gunda gardi"
— Faisal Naseer (@fnakhi) August 14, 2018
And some were just disappointed and skeptical that they even voted for him.
#ImranAliShah is this what we voted for. Utmost disgusting ! He does not deserve to sit in parliment..
— aree !! (@eerahashir) August 14, 2018
— Rana Awais (@Awaisranaaa) August 15, 2018
And well…Reham Khan chose to be a little sarcastic.
Please you are wrong.
PTI is right.
Plz get this in your head.
What you see in this video are lies. https://t.co/N3KHsPA4f8
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) August 14, 2018
Soon after the video went viral, an official statement was released by the General Secretary of PTI Sindh, notifying the MPA to release his version of the story within 24 hours.
PTI condemns violence regardless of the situation.
Show Cause notice issued to @dr_imranshah over the unfortunate incident today.
Additional GS PTI, Karachi pic.twitter.com/Y1XxjW5aDs
— PTI Sindh Official (@PTISindhOffice) August 14, 2018
Pertaining to the release of this notification, people noticed a couple of odd things about the notification itself.
Ma'am! there is another doc rolling out as well (PFB) so how could we believe that the one you posted is #realthing.#Official document without a date seems a bit hard to digest #TBH.#ImranAliShah pic.twitter.com/0NNLDVoBUW
— Rizwan Saqib (@WithRizwan) August 15, 2018
And then, before we know it, Dr.Imran Ali Shah issued an apology for his misbehavior.
He personally met Mr. Dawood at his residence, apologized to him for his behavior, snapped a couple of pictures (kyunke ye bhi zaruri hai) and that was about it.
In his apology on social media, he said that it was in a spur of the moment that he lost his cool and caused embarrassment to his position, his party and his supporters.
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
In response to this apology, people are still not happy. Some wanted him fired right away.
Apology is not acceptable! This man should be fired from whatever position he holds!#ImranAliShah
— Sohaib Farrukh (@farrukhsohaibpk) August 14, 2018
Others pointed out that they’d want the ‘Naya‘ Pakistan to be better than this.
Poor victim has forgiven #ImranAliShah….. If this MPA wouldn't be terminated and kicked then I would be sure that this "Naya" Pakistan is worse than purana Pakistan. Actually PTI/PMLN/PPP/PMLQ and alliance parties deserve ban. New political regime is need of time.
— Farhan_Subhani (@DrFarhanSubhani) August 15, 2018
Perhaps the saddest part was when Dawood himself talked to the media personnel and mentioned how he’d choose to forget about all of this because he knows justice cannot be served.
— Rizwan Saqib (@WithRizwan) August 15, 2018
People are requesting the PM-elect for Imran Ali Shah’s instant expulsion in light of the no tolerance policy.
— iAzeem (@iq_azee) August 15, 2018
Some questioned if people like Imran Ali Shah will be able to serve the country.
— Faisal (@Pakwon1965) August 15, 2018
Others wanted to remind him who the real boss is.
Parha lia Gullu Butt #ImranAliShah #ImranKhan here is a test case for you. I voted you on your stance against corruption n vip protocol.
This man name Imran Shah forgot his okat he is a servant not boss we people who voted are the boss.
I donno why they forgot MNA/MPA is a 1/-
— Arsalan Khalid (@Itsmakhalid) August 14, 2018
While some were looking for an answer from Imran Khan himself, this person wrote to the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice.
Dear Election Commission of Pakistan,Kindly de-notify member of Sindh Assembly from PTI Mr.Imran Ali Shah for his actions against a common citizen by slapping on his face on road#ImranAliShah
— Ahmed Nawaz (@AhmedNawazAZ) August 14, 2018
But hey, props to the person who brought all of this to light.
Anyone appreciated, thanked the one who made the video in #imranAliShah episode ? That guy is the hero 👏🏻👏🏻
— Javed Aziz Khan (@JavedAzizKhan) August 14, 2018
Soon, however, questions were raised about Imran Ali Shah’s nationality.
PTI’s #ImranAliShah last travelled on his British Passport to #Dubai on 21st May 2018. ECP was aware of his dual nationality so he must have submitted paperwork of denouncing his British nationality just before elections.
— Adil Shahzeb (@adilshahzeb) August 15, 2018
Power of social media step 2: If Dr Imran Ali Shah is really a dual national and holds a British passport, then ECP should cancel his notification as MPA from #PS129 #Karachi as per law. pic.twitter.com/0fdBEkroW2
— Furqan T. Siddiqui (@furqantsiddiqui) August 14, 2018
Basically, don’t piss off the awaam.
While we wait for the official verdict from the party itself, what do you think about his apology? Share your thoughts in the comments.