SHOAIB, the organiser of Asians for Independence, defected to Labour in disgust that so many SNP wanted a second term for David Cameron.
RAGING cybernats yesterday branded a key SNP leader a “low life rat” for sensationally defecting to Labour.
Nationalists launched an online volley of abuse against Muhammad Shoaib, organiser of Asians for Independence.
He resigned from the party in disgust and claimed many SNP activists are secretly hoping for a Tory victory.
Fuming activists branded Shoaib – who shared a platform with Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond during the referendum campaign – a “traitor”.
On social media, Yes campaigner James Dwyer wrote: “Muhammad Shoaib is unfriended, traitor!”
John Mellon wrote: “You are a low life rat – you contaminate my timeline.”
Shoaib, 62, said he was “shocked” at the way senior SNP members in Sturgeon’s Glasgow constituency are secretly backing another five years of David Cameron.
The SNP claimed the defection was “a clear case of sour grapes” as Shoaib had been unsuccessful in an attempt to be selected as the party’s candidate in Glasgow Central.
But former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar accused the nationalists of trying to “smear” Shoaib and said he was “delighted” to have his support.
Shoaib was lined up to be a Labour list candidate for the Scottish Parliament in 2003 but he was vetoed by party chiefs after he was accused of a housing benefit scam, over which he was later cleared.
And in 2007, before he joined the SNP, he was accused of involvement in a fake passport scam after an investigation by our sister paper the Sunday Mail. Police decided no action should follow.