PFUJ condemns attack on AAJ TV office
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly condemned the attack of the private AAJ TV channel in Karachi on Monday night (June 26, 2012).
According to media reports, at least two employees of the private TV channel were injured when four armed men opened fire at the main gate of AAJ TV office at Gurumandir in Karachi.
The injured — a security guard and a loader — were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi.
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a phone call to AAJ News, TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan threatened attacks against other television channels that did not feature the Taliban point of view.
“We had informed the management of AAJ TV to include our view on issues, but the channel had become a mouthpiece of the government,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Reuters.
“Geo TV is going to be our next target if they do not change their behaviour towards us. They have been using very bad language against the mujahideen,” he added.
In a statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat expressed his concern over the attack on AAJ TV office.
He said such incidents showed the extent of threat faced by media, and demanded the government to take notice of such attacks and provide security to media organisations and mediapersons.
PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf condemned the attack in which two workers of AAJ TV were injured.
He said media strived to present the truth and gave both sides of the story. He also demanded of the law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to arrest the culprits.