Pak ask`s UK to extradite Zardari shoe thrower

Pak has requested the UK govt to extradite Shamim Khan, the man who hurled his shoes at President Zardari during an event at Birmingham.

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2010, 18:20 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan has requested the
British government to extradite Shamim Khan, the man who
reportedly hurled his shoes at President Asif Ali Zardari
during an event at Birmingham earlier this month.

The Interior Ministry has provided details of Khan`s
"criminal record" to British authorities and requested them to
hand him over to Pakistan so that he can be brought to
justice.

"Shamim Khan, a resident of Palai Gala of Sehnsa
sub-division in Azad Kashmir, has been declared a proclaimed
offender in a case of attempted murder.

In 1993, he had shot and injured his opponent and an
inspector and then managed to flee to Britain," a source said. A case had been registered against Khan in Palai Gala
police station, the source said.

"The inspector injured by Khan is now the DSP of
Kotali and the other person fired at has become handicapped
and incapacitated," the source added.

After escaping from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Khan
stayed with his friend Mushtaq in Britain.

"Later Mushtaq was murdered by his son and Khan was
interrogated by the British police but somehow he got away,"
the source said.

One of Khan`s sons too was caught at Islamabad airport
while trying to board a London-bound flight with opium.

"While the British Interior Ministry is only
interested in Khan`s criminal record, we have tried to unearth
who is behind the conspiracy hatched against President Zardari
during his visit to Brimingham," a senior Pakistan People`s
Party leader said.

"It has been established that Khan had never been a
PPP worker and he entered the Birmingham convention along with
Lord Nazir Ahmed," the PPP leader said.

Khan later claimed to be a close associate of PML-N’s
PoK chapter president Raja Farooq Haider. Haider, however, has
denied this. "I would like to ask those who portrayed Khan as
a thorough gentleman to verify these facts," he said.

The PPP`s leadership is contemplating action against
party workers tasked to make arrangements for the function in
Birmingham. Sources said Khan had taken advantage of
"mismanagement" in distribution of invitation cards and
managed to enter the gathering.

Fauzia Habib, the political secretary of Zardari,
had been given the task of distributing the invitation cards.

The PPP has now decided to act against Khan even
though the party`s top leaders had initially denied that shoes
had been hurled at Zardari during the event in Birmingham.

PTI