Asif Zardari`s `shoe thrower` in hiding after threats

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 17:47

London: The British-Pakistani man, who
angrily threw shoes at Asif Ali Zardari at a political rally
in Birmingham, has gone into hiding after receiving death
threats allegedly from the Pakistan President`s supporters.

57-year-old Sardar Mohammad Shamin Khan threw shoes at
Zardari during the Pakistan People`s Party rally on August 6,
but the missile did not him.
Sardar Mohammad Shamim Khan, 57, launched the attack
in protest against Zardari`s meeting with Premier British
David Cameron, who had triggered a storm by saying Pakistan
had links with groups that promoted export of terror to
Afghanistan and India.

Khan was also enraged by Zardari`s handling of his
country`s floods disaster.

Khan, who is based in Coventry, is in hiding in
Birmingham among the Kashmiri community after receiving
threats allegedly from Zardari`s supporters.

Incidentally, he is a supporter of the Pakistan
People`s Party.

"He feels that he can`t go home at the moment, so he
is keeping a very low profile. His family has been threatened
over in Pakistan, the irony is that most of them are actually
Zardari supporters. He has also had threatening phone calls as
well, most likely from overseas," a friend of Khan told the
media in Coventry.
"At the moment he is scared for his safety."

Speaking after the rally, Khan - who had shouted
"Allah is the only one who can give and take lives" - said he
was proud he had thrown his shoes at Zardari.

"I could feel the anger brewing up inside me. I
thought, we`ve a crisis back at home and all he can do is take
a trip around Europe while his own people are suffering. His
speech was insulting to my people who are dying because of
Zardari`s government," he had said.

Khan, who had sneaked into the invitation-only rally
organised by the UK branch of Pakistan People`s Party at
Birmingham International Convention Centre, had called Zardari
a "disgrace" to Pakistan.

He was 20 metres away from the president when he threw
his size 10 shoes, and was detained by security staff.

He was cautioned by the police, but was later released
without charge.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 17:47

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