British Transport Police deny reports of ‘murder attempt’ on Naeem Bukhari

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LONDON (ENN) The British Transport Police (BTP) have said that no “murder attempt” was made on prominent Pakistani lawyer Naeem Bukhari who remains admitted at St Mary’s Hospital after sustaining injuries on the night of May 1.

Reports in Pakistani media claimed that the BTP are treating the April 27 incident at Marble Arch “involving Naeem Bukhari as “attempted murder” but a spokesman of the police told Media that the police have no record of Bukhari being attacked for his life.

The police clarified that the victim attacked on the night of April 27 was leading industrialist Sir Robert Malpas, 90, who was allegedly pushed in front of a train by another man. The former Eurotunnel chairman was saved by a heroic bystander Riyad El-Hassani, 24.

The BTP spokesman said with the help of CCTV cameras, it has already arrested and charged a man in connection with the murder attempt on Sir Malpas.

The spokesman said that it appealed to members of the public for information and didn’t say at any stage that it was looking for anyone of “Asian descent”, as stated in some Pakistani media reports.

Bukhari had dinner with his friend and noted lawyer Barrister Iftikhar Ahmed at his North London home on the night of May 1. Ahmed, the former Pakistan army major-turned-lawyer who shifted to London after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s hanging, he received a call from Bukhari’s wife an hour after the couple left their home that he has “passed out” at the Marble Arch station. He said the ambulance was called and Bukhari was taken to the hospital.

A spokesman of the London Ambulance Services corroborated the version of Barrister Ahmed and confirmed they treated a man at the Marble Arch station who had sustained injuries and was found to be in “critical situation”. The spokesman said that they took the injured man to the nearby St Mary’s Hospital for urgent treatment.

A source at the St Mary’s Hospital said Bukhari was brought to the hospital with “highly critical injuries and was immediately admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)” and discharged to a general ward for care once he was “out of danger” after about 24 hours. The hospital source confirmed that Bukhari had sustained multiple injuries.

The source added that Bukhari is likely to be discharged on Tuesday. Bokhari, a prominent lawyer and television host, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2016. He represented the PTI chief in a high-profile disqualification case in the Supreme Court and also led the party’s legal team in Panama Papers case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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