Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Saturday visited the residence of Hasnain Haider Abbasi – the teenager his son and guards assaulted– and apologised on behalf of his son.
Mahboob Abbasi, the victim’s father, told that Akhtar had made telephonic contact with him after the FIR was lodged and protesters had gathered outside the press club.
Adding on he said that the Karachi Mayor along with his visited him at his house and apologised for latter’s son’s behaviour. MPA Nusrat Abbasi, former bureaucrat Dr Shafqat Abbasi and senior politicians including Syed Ghulam Shah and Asif Baladi were also present.
Abbasi said, “The mayor admitted his son’s mistake and apologised for his behavior and my son and I have accepted the apology and will withdraw the case filed against Taimur.”
Abbasi has also said that Wasim Akhtar while apologizing also admitted that the incident should have never happened.
Taimur Wasim, and around eight to 10 others, including his guards, were booked for beating up 19-year-old student, Hasnain Haider, on the night of Dec 31.
The victim said he was a resident of Clifton who along with his friend was waiting for other friends at a petrol pump in Phase-VIII of DHA when two Vigo vehicles arrived there at around 10pm on Dec 31. Around eight to 10 persons including security guards were travelling in the vehicles. They allegedly resorted to aerial firing and when he inquired about the gunfire and abusive language, they again resorted to firing.
He said that he and his friends left the place in their car but were intercepted by the two Vigo vehicles near Hamza mosque. After stopping their car, the guards who disembarked from their vehicles along with Taimur Wasim told the victim that he was the son of Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar. The victim said he was beaten up by the guards and Taimur who allegedly used a pistol to hit him. The guards also smashed the windowpanes of the car. They attempted to force him to sit in their vehicle, he claimed, but on the resistance of his friends, the suspects hurled threats and abuse at them before rushing away.