Faisalabad journalists continue protest -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Faisalabad journalists continue protest

FAISALABAD- The protest of the Faisalabad journalists against the police baton (lathi) charge entered into fourth day.

A protest meeting was held in Faisalabad Press Club to press for their demands which include immediate sacking of the Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP)-Crime Investigation Authority (CIA), Arshad Dogar and other police officers on whose behest the police resorted to baton-charge on journalists when they were returning back to Press Club from the local Iqbal Stadium after attending the referendum meeting of President General Pervez Musharraf.

When the Punjab Governor, Khalid Maqbool, while addressing the meeting uttered derogatory slogans of ‘shame, shame’ against the journalists, the local journalists and reporters of the metropolitan newspapers and foreign news agencies staged a protestation in the meeting and demanded resignation of Punjab Governor.

When they came out raising slogans of ‘shame, shame’ against the Governor Punjab, they proceeded towards Faisalabad Press Club on foot and when they reached at Bilal Mosque Chowk, they were baton (lathi)-charged by police injuring 22 journalists, out of them 3 seriously.

In a protest meeting, the local journalist leaders – Khalid Abbas Saif, Mahtabuddin Nishat, Muhammad Yousuf, Tahir Rasheed, Nadeem Malik, Jawed Akhtar Malik, Rifaat Qadri, Sarfaraz Sahi, Dr Khalid and Jawed Siddiqui, addressed the protest meeting and vowed to continue the protest against police baton-charge till the acceptance of their demands.

A judicial inquiry by District and Session Judge, Sher Zaheer Khan, will start within a day or two. The orders of the judicial inquiry in police baton-charge on journalists have been issued by the Chief Justice, Lahore High Court (LHC).
Source: Business Recorder
Date:4/17/2002