A salon owner in Karachi has claimed that her staff was beaten up by policemen in civvies sent by a NAB official's wife after she lost her jewelry at the premises.
"This woman got my guard beaten up, trespassed (no warrant) and scared my girls," Haya Ali, owner of Envy Salon, said in a Facebook post.
"Those four men were government officers who came in a police mobile after Hina's husband, Assistant Deputy Director NAB ordered them too," she added.
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Recalling the story, Ali said it all happened on Tuesday when a client whom she named as Hina Khan claimed that she had lost her chain at the salon. Ali informed her on the phone that the establishment and the staff were not responsible for any lost items, as per the "giant sign at the reception that clearly states that my salon is not responsible for any loss whatsoever and every client must look after their personal belongings".
However, when Ali arrived at her salon, she found the woman waiting for her. "I rushed to the salon to find her sitting at the main reception, Still yelling at my staff. I tried talking to her and asked her to calm down several times (still politely) and she refused. She got physical and started scaring my other clients," Ali recounted, adding the woman also assaulted an elderly client of hers who tried to calm her down.
Ali said she repeatedly apologised to her, but Khan refused to calm down. After the woman physically assaulted two of her employees, Ali called security to forcefully escort her out. This is when things turned ugly and Khan punched Ali in the face.
The woman refused to leave and sat in her car. Soon after four policemen came barging into her salon."Four men (armed) and without uniform stepped out of a police mobile and beat the crap out of my guard. (also armed) They snatched his gun and almost broke his leg. Next they beat up a 14-year-old boy after finding out that he works here too. They made their way upstairs and my girls quickly locked all doors and called ADT security immediately. (upon arrival we learned that they too were helpless if the police is involved)."
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The men also vandalised the salon and entered every room, even the massage section. "These men also went door to door and tried to kick every room open and tore the place apart. When my manager told them they can't go any further they pushed her away and entered the massage section with clients!!! They burst the door open and opened Every. Single. Curtain. Might I add this is where women lay with their bare backs."
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Ali said they had tried to lodge a complaint but the SHO refused and were forced into signing a settlement with the accused. "When my mother, Shagufta Ejaz, told the police she'll take the matter to court, the SHO threatened to imprison me and all my staff," she said, adding they were then forced into signing a settlement.
Ali, the daughter of actor Shagufta Ejaz, runs a salon in Karachi's Gulistan-e-Jauhar area.
According to SHO Raja Tariq, no case has been registered against the accused within the limits of Shara-e-Faisal police station. “So far no one has approached the police for registering a case,” SHO Tariq said while talking to The Express Tribune.
“I am trying to understand why they (Haya) is highlighting the case in the media even after a compromise,” said a source close to the deputy director NAB while talking to The Express Tribune.
“They shared a video about what happened with them but why they are not sharing the issue about what they did with us.”
A source further alleged that the owner was the first to misbehave with Khan, adding that the family has a medical report suggesting a fracture in her leg due to manhandling by the salon owner.
Here you can see CCTV footage of men entering the salon:
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