Karachi: Bar BQ Tonight attacked over owner’s PML-N affiliation
KARACHI: Close to 4pm on Monday afternoon a series of gunshots were fired at Bilawal Chowrangi which is usually heavily guarded by police as the president resides nearby.
A group of Sindh National Party (SNP) workers protesting outside the BBQ Tonight restaurant turned violent, attacking staff and damaging property. SNP workers from across the city came loaded on buses and began chanting anti-Shahbaz Sharif slogans.
Nearly 60 of them then attacked the restaurant, smashing the ground floor full length glass windows and beating everyone who came in their way. Flatscreen televisions used to advertise the latest items on the menu and daily specials were ripped off their wall holdings while security cameras were also targeted.
A clearly disturbed but surprisingly calm Sardar Rahim, who is one of the owners of the family-owned business, said a few hundred people charged into the restaurant, beating the staff with sticks. “They beat up my brother pretty badly as well as several members of the staff and did significant damage to the property,” said Rahim, who is also a leader for the Nawaz faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
Soon after the attack, Rahim said the police was contacted and promptly arrived to arrest six men and disperse the others. TPO Clifton SP Tariq Dharejo told this newspaper that the police seized one TT pistol, two to three motorcycles and two cars from the attackers.