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APNS chief seeks independent probe into Afridi’s arrest

KARACHI: Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, President of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), has expressed concern over the arrest of Rehmat Shah Afridi, Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Frontier Post’ and ‘Maidan’, on the charge of possessing drugs.

In a press release, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman said that the arrest of a newspaper owner on such a serious charge was a matter of grave concern for the entire newspaper fraternity. “The APNS is looking into the issue carefully in the hot of the claims made by the

Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and the statement made by the family of Rehmat Shah Afridi,” he said.

He appealed to the government to constitute an independent enquiry commission to investigate the charges leveled against Rehmat Shah Afridi.

In a letter written to the authorities, Mir Shakilur Rahman appealed to the government to provide Rehmat Shah access to legal assistance and facilitate his meeting with the members of his family. He further said that since Rehmat Shah was suffering from heart ailment, he should be provided with medical facilities.

The APNS president assured the family of Rehmat Shah Afridi and staff members of the Frontier Post and Maidan that the APNS would fulfil its legal, professional and moral responsibilities in this respect.

Source: The News

Date:4/4/1999