Dist council condemns attack on reporter -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

Dist council condemns attack on reporter

HYDERABAD: Members of the Hyderabad District Council have condemned an attack on Mohammad Hussain Khan, reporter of Daily Dawn in Hyderabad.

On a point of order, Rashid Khan advocate drew the attention of the house to the brutal attack on Mr Khan on Dec 31.

Members Rana Siddiqui, Ashraf Naqshbandi, Syed Afzaal Ahmed Shah, Ashraf Munna, Aslam Shaikh, Dr Arif Razmi, Q. Mohammad Hakim, Mehboob Abro, Munawar Zai, Mohammad Ali Gohar and others said that it was the duty of journalists to highlight problems of society.

They said that journalists could not be left at the mercy of terrorists.

The presiding officer adjourned the session for 15 minutes and members held a demonstration at the main gate of the council hall to express solidarity with journalist.

Meanwhile, newsmen of Tando Allahyar staged a protest and observed a token hunger strike outside the local press club against the attack on Mr Khan.

Speaking to protesters, president of the club Abdul Latif Kaimkhani and general secretary Ashraf Jarwar urged the journalists of Pakistan to raise a forceful voice to condemn the victimisation of journalists.

Talking to Dawn on telephone, Jeay Sindh Qaumparast Party chairman Qamar Bhatti condemned the attack on Mr Khan and offered his support to journalists.

He said urged opinion leaders and civil society to condemn the attack.

JSQM chairman Basheer Khan Qureshi and central party leader Dr Safdar Sarki have also condemned attack on Mr Khan. They said Mr Khan was an honest reporter and a son of Sindh and they stood by him.

Meanwhile, Cantonment police produced the two arrested activists of the Sindh National Front in a court that remanded them into police custody for two days.The SHO of Cantonment told Dawn that he had submitted an application in the court for holding an identification parade of the arrested accused.

Our Nawabshah correspondent adds: Journalists at a meeting at the local press club condemned the attack on Mr Khan and demanded an impartial enquiry into the incident and strict punishment for the accused.

Source: Dawn

Date:1/5/2010