A BRITON who spent 18 years in a Pakistani prison facing the possibility of execution today spoke of the dramatic events which landed him in jail.
Mirza Tahir Hussain, 36, from Leeds, said intervention in his plight "might have been a bit late but it arrived in time".
He thanked the Prince of Wales for bringing up the case on a recent visit to Pakistan.
But he said that if the British Government had stepped in during the initial stages after his arrest he might have been released "there and then".
In his first interview since arriving back in the UK on November 18, Mr Hussain insisted he was acting in self defence when he was attacked by taxi driver Jamshed Khan 18 years ago.
The incident happened in a remote area of Pakistan just days after Mr Hussain arrived in the country to visit relatives.
He said Khan had taken his wallet and ordered him to get out of the car and go in to the bushes "or otherwise he'll shoot me".
"I didn't want to move, you know, but he was pointing the gun at me and signalling me to move," he told the BBC's Asian Network.
"So at a point when the gun was not aiming at me, I went for the gun and grabbed his wrists, you know, and in that ensuing scuffle the gun suddenly went off."
When asked if he remembered who pulled the trigger he said Khan still had a hold of the gun and he was trying to grab it from him.
He said: "It's very difficult to say, I mean, it must have been, I mean, some kind of pressure on the trigger or as I was also trying to snatch the gun.
"The gun went off."
Mr Hussain said he felt no guilt about the incident but had felt duty bound to report it to the police and get medical help for Khan.
He said the police tried to fix the case against him and denied that the robbery was a means of raising money to fund drug smuggling.