Jamshed Dasti attacked in Muzaffargarh
20 August, 2013
MUZAFFARGARH: National Assembly Member Jamshed Dasti was attacked when he arrived to address a rally in Muzaffargarh on Monday.
He, however, addressed the rally despite sustaining head wounds. Dasti had arrived at a political rally in Sanawan to lend support to his brother's campaign. His brother is contesting for NA-177 in the by-polls scheduled for August 22.
Before he could address the rally, two unidentified people attacked him with sharp objects and managed to inflict wounds on his head, causing his head to bleed profusely. After the initial attack, he was pelted with stones. People who had gathered to listen to Dasti detained six of the attackers, but four of their accomplices managed to escape.
Despite the injury, Dasti continued with the address after receiving first aid. He was later shifted to Kot Adu THQ for treatment.
Doctors said that he was not seriously hurt and was being given first aid. Police reached the rally venue shortly afterwards and spoke to the organisers to secure custody of the assailants. Dasti blamed Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) Noor Rabbani Khar for the "assassination attempt".
Noor Rabbani Khar is also contesting the by-polls from NA-177. Dasti is supporting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for PP-254. Dasti had won from NA-177 in the May 11 elections by beating a number of noted and influential feudal lords of the area, but had vacated the seat in favour of NA-178.