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APNS expresses concern over

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed strong concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, especially in the Punjab, where various incidents of targeting the media-men by criminal elements have been reported. A press release of the APNS issued here on Friday said the APNS Secretary General, Kazi Asad Abid, has noted with concern that a wave of kidnapping, harassing and robberies had been unleashed against journalists, editors and publishers in the year 2008.

The press release, while pointing out the incidents during the last month, said Chief Editor Daily Sahafat, Khushnood Ali Khan, had been robbed in Islamabad but the culprits are at large so far and the police have failed to arrest the dacoits. Similarly, Chief Editor Daily Paigham, Faisalabad and a member of the Executive Committee of the APNS, Syed Muhammad Munir Jillani has been victim of such heinous acts by armed dacoits who took his family as hostage on gunpoint, deprived him of cash, mobile phones, jewellery and other valuables worth lacs of rupees.

It is surprising to note that though the dacoits opened fire to harass the Publisher and his family, the policemen available at the near check post, did not react. The most deplorable situation was that the police, which reached the spot after half an hour and collected the empties of bullets, has refused to register an FIR, which has not been registered so far. The APNS secretary general has requested the Punjab chief minister to take note of the alarming situation and advise the home department to take cognizance of the situation and register the FIR. The APNS also urges upon the Government of Punjab to provide security to the publishers and media men, the press release added.
Source: The News
Date:12/30/2006