LONDON  - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters allegedly tried to attack Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman after clashing with his followers here on Sunday night.

Reportedly, the JUI-F leader, who is visiting Britain these days, escaped an ‘assault-attempt’ outside a restaurant located in Southall, a large suburban district of West London. Reports state that dozens of slogan-shouting PTI workers rallied outside the restaurant while Fazl, alongwith local JUI-F leadership, was having a meal there after attending a condolence meeting held in the memory of late Dr Khalid Soomro at Abu Bakar Mosque.

Soomro was murdered on November 29 in Sukkur as a fresh wave of sectarian violence has hit Pakistan.

Allegedly, Imran Khan’s party workers beleaguered the cleric, who is always at odds with the PTI chief, as soon as he stepped out of the restaurant.

“A large number of people bearing PTI flags collided with the JUI-F workers, but police arrived in the nick of time averting a serious scuffle. Fazl escaped unscathed as his adherents, who stood like a wall around their leader, pulled him through,” an eyewitness said. The police after dispersing the cohorts of both the rival parties recorded Maulana Fazl’s statement, in which he condemned the PTI’s ‘handy hooliganism’ in the strongest of words.

According to media reports, PTI London has accused the JUI-F workers of assault.

“We are giving a serious thought to lodging a complaint with the Metropolitan Police against the religious party for torturing PTI workers,” the report quoted a party spokesperson as stating. Earlier, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman faced strong criticism when he arrived to attend a condolence reference for slain party leader Dr Khalid Soomro. As Maulana Fazlur Rehman arrived at London’s South Hall, a group of Afghan men surrounded his car and chanted slogans against him. The protesting group has alleged that the JUI-F chief is promoting Jehad in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the police escorted Fazlur Rehman to Abu Bakar Mosque but as the event concluded, Afghan men again started chanting slogans against him.

Altaf urges N, PTI activists to remain peaceful

Online adds from London: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has urged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists to remain peaceful.

Altaf Hussain, in a statement, has urged the activists of PML-N and PTI to remain peaceful instead of confronting each other.

“It is a part of democracy that the government tolerates protests called by the Opposition parties”,Altaf Hussain said.

He said that the ways of violence will be termed against the principles of democracy.

MQM Chief has also said that the traders and shop owners should not be forced to open or close their business.