Early recovery of editor sought
PESHAWAR, Feb 6. The Action Committee struggling for the safe recovery of Sohail Qalandar, resident editor of daily Express, Peshawar, observed a four-hour hunger strike here to press for the early release of the journalist and his friend who have been missing since January 2.
Members of the Khyber Union of Journalists and Peshawar Press Club, including Action Committee Chief Shamim Shahid, KHUJ general secretary Nasir Hussain, PPC Acting President Tariq Afaq, Aftab Ahmed and Farmanullah Jan observed the token hunger strike at the camp set up in front of the press club.
Politicians and social activists visited the protesters and expressed their solidarity with the journalist community demanding early release of Mr Qalandar from the captivity of kidnappers.
Speaking on the occasion, the information minister said the recovery of the kidnapped men was the responsibility of the Federally Adminstered Tribal Areas’ Secretariat.
He said the provincial government had arrested a number of people soon after the abduction but the borne department had no control over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
He said it was the direct responsibility of the Governor’s Secretariat to take steps for the early recovery of the kidnapped men.
He said the NWFP government was considering various options, including sealing of properties of the kidnappers in the settled areas.
The Tribal Union of Journalists ‘took’ out a procession from the PPC which after marching on the Sher Shah Suri Road reached the Governor’s House.