The man who embarrassed Pakistan government during President Asif Ali Zardari’a UK visit is involved in a legal battle with the police as he prepares to defend the matter in a court of law.
Meanwhile, he also plans to visit Pakistan.
Mohammed Shamim Khan says that the West Midlands Police, which is responsible for policing the International Convention Centre (ICC) where the 7th August Pakistan People’s Party rally was organized, has issued a penalty notice of £80 to him on his Coventry home address and has given him 21 days to either pay the penalty or contest the penalty notice in a court of law.
Mohammed Shamim Khan, 63, made headlines when he allegedly threw a pair of shoes at President Asif Ali Zardari on 7th August at the PPP rally in the International Convention center in Birmingham.
Mr Khan was cautioned in relation to this matter by West Midlands Police and was then released. However, on 21st of August, West Midlands Police took the unusual and surprising step of sending Shamin Khan a penalty notice of £80 at his Coventry home address giving him 21 days to either pay the penalty or contest the penalty notice in a court of law.
The penalty notice reads: “On 7th August 2010 you threw shoes in direction of Pakistani president at ICC Birmingham City Centre,” and says Mr. Khan’s action was “contrary to Section 5 Public Order Act”. Mr. Khan has chosen to contest the matter in a court of law and is seeking legal advice.

His Barrister, Tariq Khan of St Pauls Chambers in Coventry has told The News that “the administration of cautions and using fixed penalty notices are two main alternatives to prosecution, and where the CPS have decided not to prosecute in any particular case, they either decide to caution the individual concerned or, alternatively, issue a fixed penalty notice: it is very unusual for someone to be issued with a penalty notice when the police has already cautioned him in relation to the same matter. Under these circumstances, the decision to now issue Shamim Khan with a penalty notice appears on the face of it to be an abuse of process.
“Moreover, what is of concern in this particular case is exactly why the police is taking this unusual course of action when the matter was sufficiently dealt with by the administration of a caution?”
Media reports have recently surfaced suggesting that Pakistan has requested the British government to extradite Shamim Khan, providing details of Khan’s “criminal record” to British authorities and requested them to hand him over to Pakistan so that he may be brought to justice.
But a spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in London denied that any such request was passed through its offices. While the British Home Office has refused to comment if a request has been made to it relating to Mr. Khan, the High Commission of Pakistan said: “There is no extradition treaty between Pakistan and UK so there is no question of writing to the government.
Shamim Khan, a resident of Sehnsa in Azad Kashmir, alleges that a campaign is being run against him by those who don’t like him after the unfortunate Birmingham incident. “My case is being associated with a case which was settled decades ago in Saudi Arabia,” he told The News defending himself against the news reports.
He agrees that one of his sons was caught at the Islamabad Airport while trying to board a London-bound flight with a kilogram of hashish in his luggage. “I am not responsible for the actions of my adult son. I knew my son was mixing with the wrong crowd. When I learnt that he was going to Pakistan, I informed the UK police to ‘keep an eye on my son, he is up to no good’ and never supported the wrongdoings of my son,” said Khan, further adding that as a responsible citizen he had done his duty.
Despite knowing that he may be targeted by the Pakistani authorities and the PPP workers, Khan remains defiant and has declared that he will soon visit Pakistan. “Nobody can stop me from visiting my homeland. I have done nothing wrong and I have nothing to fear. I am a PPP supporter and will always remain a loyalist to Shaheed Bhutto’s ideology of Islamic socialism.”