Later, on Facebook, he thanked witnesses, nurses and members of the emergency services for treating him with diligence and care: “I just returned home from the hospital after having my wound glued up. I owe a huge debt to the two lovely young witnesses (both white non-Muslims) male and female who called the police, and waited with me to console me, and then provided a witness statement (I won’t identify them as I don’t wish to endanger them).”
Nawaz, the founder of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-radicalisation organisation, criticised “far-left” social media users for politicising his attack by highlighting his centrist views, which they apparently claimed “legitimise rightwing hate”.
He said his forehead could be scarred for life and that he expected his attacker to be found and face “British justice”. Nawaz said there were witnesses who heard the racial abuse and who have given statements to the police who “have his face on CCTV”.
The LBC presenter was hit from behind outside the Soho Theatre in central #London on Monday night by a white male, he said, posting a photo of the cut to his forehead, caused by a punch to the face with what could have been “a signet ring”.
Nawaz said he does not wish to “harbour hate” for his attacker, who allegedly racially abused him, as he criticised “far-left” and “far-right” figures on social media for politicising his attack.