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A Political Talk Show Turns into a Brawl: Clash Between PTI and PML-N Leaders on Private Television Channel

A recent episode of a political talk show on a private television channel took an unexpected turn when a heated debate escalated into a physical altercation between leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The altercation involved PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s lawyer, Sher Afzal Khan Marwat, and PML-N Senator Dr. Afnan Ullah Khan. Both leaders confirmed the incident, and Senator Dr. Afnan shared the details on website X (formerly known as Twitter).

The argument between the lawyer and the senator became increasingly contentious, eventually leading to the use of abusive language. Suddenly, Marwat physically attacked the senator, and a scuffle ensued. Initially, they pushed each other before resorting to slaps and punches.

The intervention of the TV show crew prevented the situation from escalating further, ultimately separating the two politicians.

Video Courtesy: The Pakistan Frontier Facebook Account

Dr. Afnan, commenting on X, stated that Marwat had initiated the attack. He said that he did not believe in violence but is a “soldier of Nawaz Sharif.” He also added that “The beating that I gave to Marwat is an important lesson for all PTI and especially Imran Khan. They will not be able to show their face to anyone and will be forced to wear big dark sunglasses.”

Marwat, in a separate post, accused the TV show host of spreading misinformation about the incident, particularly highlighting the host’s claim that his opponent was like “Superman.” Marwat disputed this characterization, asserting that Afnan Ullah had fled to a nearby room, a fact he discovered while watching the program. Marwat expressed his intention to initiate a defamation case and a criminal complaint against the senator.

This incident is not the first of its kind to occur on a talk show set. In 2021, former PPP lawmaker Abdul Qadir Mandokhel and former PTI leader Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, who later joined the Istihkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), engaged in a physical altercation on a televised debate.

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