LAHORE/OKARA: Independent Member Punjab Assembly (MPA) Syeda Maimanat Mohsin alias Jugnu Mohsin’s convoy was allegedly attacked by armed men in Depalpur over what she called ‘political rivalry’.

Ms Mohsin told Dawn she was invited by her supporters to speak at a political gathering organised in Jhujh Kalan Village where a group was to extend its support to her.

She said a faction of her opponent political party had invited her to their village Jhujh Kalan for announcing their joining.

She said she had accepted their invitation and one of her political opponents Yasin Jhujh had released a video and hurled threats at her. “As my convoy reached the village, some of my political rivals resorted to aerial firing.”

She said she did not leave the spot and had addressed the gathering and when they were on their way back some people led by Yasin Jhujh armed with guns and stones attacked their convoy. “The assailants first resorted to aerial firing and later pelted their vehicles with stones, damaging window glass of two vehicles,” she said.

Ms Mohsin said no one from the convoy was hurt; however, a complaint against the attackers was filed. “I will also lodge a cyber crime complaint with FIA against [assailant] Yasin Jhujh who hurled threats through a video,” she said.

Earlier, Yasin Jhujh had released a video two days before the incident in which he was threatening Ms Mohsin with dire consequences.

The video circulating on social media showed Jhujh saying he would attack Ms Mohsin and her supporters if she would visit his village.

Hujra Shah Muqeem police registered a case against Yasin Jhujh and six unidentified persons under sections 324, 427, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code.

Okara DPO Faisal Shehzad told Dawn that police had arrested two of the suspects and were raiding to nab Yasin Jhujh.

He said the attack occurred around 30 minutes after she left the venue of the rally.

He said it seemed a politically motivated incident.

Punjab police spokesperson said Yasin Jhujh along with six unidentified accomplices, intercepted the MPA’s vehicle and opened fire, piercing its glass window. “The armed men then fled under the cover of aerial firing.”

He said police registered the case and arrested two suspects, identified as Mukhtar Sikandar and Sultan Yasin.

Published in Dawn, June 8th, 2021

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