LONDON: Prominent lawyer and PTI leader Naeem Bukhari says he was “asleep” when he fell at a London underground tube station and ended up breaking four ribs and injuries to the head.
In an interview with Geo News on Sunday, Bukhari rubbished reports on some media that a “murder attempt” was made on his life by a man and explained what exactly happened to him on the night of 1st May, 2018.
Bukhari revealed that he was coming to his hotel after having dinner at friend Barrister Iftikhar Ahmed’s house in North London and fell asleep during the journey. “We reached the Marble Arch station and I fell asleep when my wife woke me up. I was not conscious when I left the train and took a wrong exit and that’s the time when I fell while still being asleep. I fell down and my four floating ribs were broken. Doctors have been examining injuries to my head. They have done two MRIs so far and they want to find out why I fell unconscious; I am telling them I didn’t even wake up,” said Bukhari. He said reports he was beaten up and assaulted are completely baseless. “Nobody pushed me, shouted at me or attacked me.”
Media reports mixed Naeem Bukhari’s incident with an attack on Sir Robert Malpas on 27th April at the same Marble Arch station where Naeem Bukhari fell and sustained injuries. Bukhari said he arrived in London on 28th of April and “there’s no question of me being attacked on 27th when I was still in Pakistan and preparing to take flight to London”.
Bukhari said there were too many speculations about him but he said: “Trust me, I was asleep when I fell down. The British Transport Police said I wasn’t attacked. I should have gone straight. I should have followed my wife, I was asleep. Nothing happened, I am back to normal, I going through trauma.” Bukhari said he was supposed to leave for America to raise funds for NAMAL College but “now that my four chest ribs are broken, I don’t think I will be able to undertake that journey, I will be going back to work”.
Meanwhile, the British Transport Police (BTP) Sunday told The News that no “murder attempt” was made Naeem Bukhari who remains admitted in St Mary’s Hospital after sustaining injuries on the night of 1st May.