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Media boycott NA, Senate sessions

ABRAR SAEED

ISLAMABAD — Journalists belonging to electronic and print media on Tuesday staged a walkout from the National Assembly and Senate sessions to record their condemnation against the attack on the residence of a correspondent of an English TV news channel.

Some unidentified armed men barged into the residence of Azaz Syed, a correspondent of an English TV news channel.

The assailants had locked the front gates of the house from outside and hurled stones at the windowpanes of the house and in the process windshield of his car parked in the porch were also smashed.

Islamabad Police have registered a case against unknown assailants and initiated probe into the incident.

It may be recalled here that Azaz Syed was receiving threats from intelligence agencies for quite sometime. To record their concern over this cowardly act, the media men staged a walkout from the sessions of the National Assembly and Senate.

After assurances from Leader of the House in Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik to bring the culprits to justice, the mediamen returned to the Parliament.

Nayyar Hussain Bukhari directed Inspector General of Islamabad Police Syed Kaleem Imam to immediately arrest the responsible officials and also report to the Parliament.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, while suspending in charge of Rescue 115, has ordered the IGP to immediately submit a complete inquiry report so that action could be taken against responsible officials.

Senator of Awami National Party Zahid Khan and a number of other MPs belonging to various political parties condemned the attack on the residence of a journalist and termed it an attempt on the press freedom and all of them demanded of the government to bring the culprits to the book and award Them exemplary punishment.

President of National Press Club Afzal Butt also condemned the incident and demanded investigation into the incident.

Source: The Nation

Date:1/20/2010