Attack on newspaper office flayed
HYDERABAD- Senior journalists at an urgent meeting held at the Hyderabad press club, considered the situation arising out of the armed attack on the Daily Ummat Bureau office threats to the bureau chief Abdul Hafeez Abid, and other newspapers and mounting pressure on the newsmen with a view to preventing them from performing their professional duties.
The meeting after due deliberations termed the situation as alarming. It was of the opinion that on the one hand, frequent attacks on journalists had created a sense of insecurity among them and on the other it had encouraged the miscreants to carry on their nefarious designs as no action had ever been taken against them.
The meeting constituted a committee to contact the administration in connection with the attack on the Ummat office.
It further decided to convene a meeting of all political, religious and students’ organizations and journalists after Eid and listen to their grievances against journalists.
After the joint meeting, recommendations will be sent to the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) and the administrations of various newspapers.
The meeting demanded of President Pervez Musharraf the Sindh governor, and the federa1 and provincial secretaries for providing protection to journalists and newspapers.
Those who attended the meeting included Ali Hassan Abdul Hafeez Abid, Sohail Sangi and Ansar Naqvi.