Pakistan: Two journalists booked under Anti-terror law

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DADU (ENN) Police have booked two journalists under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997 followed by the complaint of a government employee, who works in works and communication department, government of Sindh.

According to details A section police has registered case number 102/18 against two journalist brothers Ashfaq Malik, who works with daily Shaam and Aziz Malik, the reporter of Sindhi daily Awami Awaz, alleging that they forced clerk of roads department for bribe.

Both journalists have gone underground and trying to get pre-arrest bail from court. They told that complainant Hussain Shah is close aide of former provincial minister, who is supporting him.

According to local journalist, the elder brother of both journalists is contractor and had hard words with said clerk, who with the support of local influential political leader managed to get registered case against them.

Lala Asad Pathan, assistant secretary general of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) while talking to ENN said that PFUJ and Sukkur Union of Journalists have already taken the cognizance of the issues and it will be taken in front home minister and police officials at the earliest.

He said PFUJ should continue its support to journalists and all illegal actions will be challenged.

Sindh Journalists Council (SJC) president Ghazi Jhandir, Najeeb Naich and others have condemned the act of police and said in a statement issued that booking journalists under ATA itself exposes the conspiracy.

“Journalists in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh province are being booked under false and fabricated cases under Anti-terror laws since last year and police officials were involved in initiating such cases against working journalists” statement further added.

It further adds that Inspector General of Police Sindh A D Khowaja had clearly instructed police not to register cases against journalists under ATA without proper investigation but local police officials had been ignoring such orders, which is criminal act indeed.

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