Jhang cable operators block channels in protest
JHANG: The cable operators continued blocking news channels on the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday in Jhang to lodge their protest against the police for not registering a case against alleged optic fibre cable thieves, being backed by the banned religious organisations.
Talking to The News, Chaudhry Abdul Khaliq, president, Cable Operators Association, Jhang, said a few days ago some armed men, backed by the activists of banned outfits, cut their optical fibre cable from Toba Road railway crossing and fled. However, two of them were identified by one of his employees, who was rectifying a fault in the area cable. The theft resulted in the closure of cable operations in Officers Colony, Rao Colony, Bagh and other adjoining areas.
The matter was brought to the notice of the SHO Saddar police and the names of the identified thieves were also given to him. The police arrested the alleged thieves, but later released them due to pressure from the banned outfits. The police also showed reluctance to register the case even against unidentified thieves.
Khaliq said the association contacted the higher police authorities, but failed to get their complaint registered. He said blocking of news channels would continue till the registration of a case against the thieves and the arrest of the identified culprits. He said the association would go for a complete shutdown of the cable network in Jhang if the case was not registered. When contacted, Jhang DPO Dr Rizwan Ahmed said that he had ordered the DSP City to take immediate action against the culprits.
Source: The News