Journalist’s house raided
PESHAWAR- The police on August 18, 2003 raided the house of a journalist Mukhtar Ahmad in Sawaldher, Mardan, without producing a search warrant.
In a statement issued here, Mr. Ahmad, who is associated with the Voice of America’s Pushto service, said that the police had raided his house without any legal justification, adding that the police party was headed by the Station House Officer (SHO) Katlang Police Station, Mardan, Sher Malook.
He said that he had asked the police official concerned to present legal notice but the raiding party showed “stubbornness” and had insisted upon searching his house. He said that the SHO had said that an outlaw had taken shelter in his home, which he termed concocted.
Mr. Ahmad termed police action a sheer violation of fundamental rights and an example of police highhandedness, saying that he would go to court against what he termed extra- judicial action.
In a statement issued on August 18, 2003, President of the Khyber Union of Journalists, Sajjad Haider urged the Inspector General Police (IGP), to take disciplinary against the official concerned.