WATCH: Sher Afzal Marwat slaps 'personal guard' in viral video

Abubakar Saddiq

  • Lawmaker was seen slapping man amid crowd of party workers.
  • "My guard was telling me to sit in the car," Marwat says.
  • He was pushing workers away from me, politician adds.

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, Sher Afzal Marwat, is caught in a fresh controversy after a video of him slapping a person during a party rally in Peshawar went viral.

The lawmaker, in the video, is seen smacking the man while trapped in the midst of a crowd of party workers.

The politician appeared angry towards the man, who was walking behind him before getting slapped by Marwat.

Issuing clarity over the viral video, the PTI lawmaker said that the person seen in the video was his "personal guard" and he slapped him because he was pushing the party workers away.

"In view of terrorism, my guard was telling me to sit in the car," the politician said, adding that he was pushing the workers away and restricting them from coming near me.

"I forbade the guard not to pull me," Marwat said.

This was not the first time the PTI lawmaker was seen hitting someone. His immensely famous altercation, which surfaced in the past, saw him assaulting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Afnan Ullah Khan in the middle of a live television show during a heated argument in September last year.

Following the incident, the PML-N senator also registered a first information report (FIR) against Marwat.

The lawyer and senator were having a heated argument during which they ended up using abusive language, but all of a sudden, Marwat attacked the senator. At first, both pushed each other eventually resorted to slaps and started punching each other.

It was only due to the TV show crew’s intervention that both the politicians were separated.