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Scotland Yard not to take further action against Nawaz’s grandsons over London brawl. LONDON: The Scotland Yard has decided not to take action against Junaid Safdar son of Maryam Sharif and Zakaria son of Hussain Nawaz, over a brawl outside Avenfield flats in July 2018.

Scotland Yard not to take further action against Nawaz's grandsons over London brawl
Scotland Yard arrested Junaid Safdar son of Maryam Sharif. Photo: File

Scotland Yard not to take further action against Nawaz’s grandsons over London brawl

Junaid Safdar and Zakaria Sharif both were arrested on the evening outside Avenfield flats on July 12. When former PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz left from Harley Street Clinic for Heathrow airport to return to Pakistan to go to jail after conviction by the National Accountability Bureau Court.

Junaid and Zakaria had gotten into a fight with a group of violent protesters Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists, who had assembled outside back the Avenfield flats.
Both were arrested by the police during the fight that saw one of the protestors being tackled by the two. They were returning home after sending off Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to the airport.

Several protests were held outside the flats by activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) during which the protesters said they were assembling to take possession of the Avenfield flats.

Police sources said that they had probed the case and found that both acted in self-defence and were assaulted first.

Police confirmed that Junaid and Zakaria have been informed that “no further action” will be taken, and that the investigation finds the three protesters launched unprovoked attack on Junaid and Zakaria who retaliated in defence.

The footage saw one of the protesters wearing knuckles and attacking the duo with an umbrella and then throwing a shopping trolley at them. The footage saw them retaliating to the attack and as a result one of the attackers fell on the floor during scuffle.

Speaking to The News/Geo, a spokesman of Scotland Yard said on Tuesday that the Police were called at approximately “18:45hrs on Thursday, 12 July to reports of a fight on Park Lane, SW1”.

The police said that “officers attended” and “one person was taken to a central London hospital for treatment to minor injuries. Two men aged 20 and 23 were arrested on suspicion of assault. They were taken to a central London police station for questioning. They were subsequently released with no further action”.

A source familiar with the case said that the police probed the case and found that both acted in self-defence. The Police confirmed that both Junaid and Zakaria had been informed that “no further action” would be taken.

It is understood that Junaid and Zakaria produced CCTV footage and social media posts in which protesters were urged to protest outside Avenfield flats and some of the posts justified violence too.

The defence attorneys told the police that members of the Sharif family were verbally and physically assaulted and violence was incited against them.
It’s understood that a tweet by a Pakistani singer was also shared with the police in which violence was allegedly urged.