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Newsline: Pakistani diplomat claims brutal metal pipe attack in UK

A Pakistani diplomat has revealed the horrifying ordeal he and his family were put through when intruders broke into his house and beat him. At 3pm on January 5, Zubair Gull, federal commissioner for overseas Pakistanis, answered a knock on his door in Ewellhurst Road, Clayhall. Two men burst into his home and pushed him to his living room floor. They knocked him unconscious by hitting him on the left temple with a length of metal pipe before repeatedly stamping on his head. Fortunately for Mr Gull, his assailants were unaware his 75-year-old mother was also in the house. She began screaming and attempted to pull the two men off him, receiving several bruises to her back and hip. The men then fled. The whole attack lasted just 13 seconds. “We have lived here since 2005 and we’ve never had anything like this happen before.” Mr Gull believes the attack was politically motivated. He says his work for Pakistan’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League, has made him a target, and claimed his brother had also been attacked recently at Heathrow airport. Mr Gull’s attackers remain at large.



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