Dance, protest and drama in front of the Nikkah venue of Junaid Safdar


LONDON: Activists from the Muslim League of Pakistan-Nawaz (PML-N) clashed with a group of protesters outside the hotel, just across from Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane, the location of the Little Boy’s Nikkah event. son of Nawaz Sharif, Junaid Safdar.

A group of six led by Zafar Khilji, originally from Karachi and manager of a trading company in east London, arrived at the scene with posters of “Voice of Pakistan” and demanding the return of Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan. .

PML-N workers, led by Zubair Gull, arrived on site two hours before the start of the Nikakh event, with sweets and two professional dholists.

A friend and three companions accompanied Zafar Khilji. PML-N workers immediately moved to tear down the banners and forced the group to leave the area through Hyde Park. Speaking to the media, Zafar Khilji and his friend Dawood said they did not expect “rudeness” from PML-N workers and that they were only there “to exercise. our right to free expression ”.

Dawood claimed he was pushed and forced to leave the area while there to “wonder where the money for the expensive Nikkah ceremony was coming from”.

Zafar Khilji told this reporter that he had assurances from the original protest organizers and others that they would show up at the protest, but they did not show up and let the others down – who did. been chased and heckled throughout their stay. “It was a mistake to be there,” he said.

As Khilji and his group drove home, a strange scene unfolded just as the car passed the hotel’s main entrance door. Pakistani taxi driver Muhammad Nadeem parked his car at the entrance, blocked the way, played a song and started dancing outside to a hippie tune as his wife, daughter and son filmed it. What followed next was drama and entertainment too.

About ten PML-N employees gathered around him and asked him to move his car but he refused, saying he was there to “have fun, dance and sing with my family” as a protest against Nawaz Sharif.

When Muhammad Nadeem refused to get into his car and leave, hotel security guards and PML-N employees pushed him hard to force him to sit in his car seat, but the driver taxi driver refused and fell to the ground, as if he had passed out.

As security personnel brought him water and his family continued to film the scene, a PML-N employee entered his car to move it, but at that moment Nadeem jumped up and drove away. started chanting slogans again. He was pushed several meters from the car and his car was forcibly moved to the end of the private parking lot.

Nadeem’s wife and the hotel management called security against each other. After the police interrogated the two parties, Nadeem spoke to Pakistani journalists, danced and sang.

Muhammad Nadeem said that he was a supporter of the PTI and that he “loved Imran Khan”, but that he did not like anyone in the PTI except the party leader himself. Muhammad Nadeem said he wanted Nawaz Sharif but also Pervez Musharraf to be responsible. “I was on Edgware Road looking after my family, then I came here to ask for the money trail. I will not let this wedding event go on, ”Nadeem said, adding that someone also punched his son during the melee.

Muhammad Nadeem said he danced at the entrance to the hotel so that his video went viral. “I danced outside the Avenfield apartments once and this video went viral and I was so recognized by this video.”

The call to protest was made through WhatsApp groups and also during a protest outside 10 Downing Street by a group calling itself “Insaaf Ki Umeed”. The original coordinator of the protest and the organizer of “Insaaf Ki Umeed” both withdrew the call for the protest after British PML-N leader Zubair Gull announced that activists were to come out to counter demonstrations by “all possible means”.

Several protesters who arrived at the scene said they supported the PTI, but the official PTI distanced itself from the demonstration with strong words.

Jabar Farooq Chohan told The News that the PTI had not called for any protests. Chohan said, “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has nothing to do with any protest on the property belonging to the Sharif family or any place where a ceremony is taking place regarding the marriage of Captain Safdar’s son.

“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf does not want to discourage the freedom of expression of Pakistanis, but as an organization, it wants to clarify that the PTI has not called for any kind of demonstration and that the PTI has nothing to do with such a manifestation. PTI UK expresses its dissatisfaction with the protest.

Inside the room, Junaid Safdar’s Nikkah was formalized with Ayesha Saif – the daughter of the former head of accountability, Senator Saif-ur-Rehman – in the presence of Nawaz Sharif, members of her family and guests mainly invited alongside the bride.

A police officer at the scene said the taxi driver and a representative of the PML-N made statements to the police making allegations. “We will review the footage and decide on the next steps,” the officer said.

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