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Newsman beaten by unidentified men

ISLAMABAD May 18, 2007:Unidentified assailants, allegedly members of intelligence agencies, beat up SANA News Agency Editor-in-Chief Shakeel Ahmad Turabi on Friday.

The injured journalist was initially taken to KRL Hospital before being shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, where is he under observation.

In a complaint registered to the Margalla Police Station, Turabi said that he was driving to G-10 from Blue Area when a Land Cruiser registration No CH 4931 intercepted his car. Two men then came out of the car and dragged him out to a few yards off the main road. They proceeded to beat him up.

Turabi claimed that the assailants shouted at him for releasing news reports in favour of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and warned him against doing so in the future. He alleged that the assailants belonged to an intelligence agency. He claimed that he had previously been picked up by an intelligence agency on March 13 and had been tortured for five hours at an unidentified location, before being released.

He said he had taken up the issue with Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani and other senior government officials who had all assured him of justice.
Source: Daily Times
Date:5/21/2007