Journalist stage walkout to protest anti-press remarks
Hyderabad district council session
HYDERABAD: The ongoing session of the Hyderabad district council was adjourned on Monday till Tuesday after the journalists covering the session boycotted the proceedings to protest the remarks of a member against the press.
The council, which met with its convener Zafar Ali Rajput in the chair, was discussing three identical resolutions about smoke-emitting vehicles and environmental pollution when a member, Rashid Khan, passed remarks against the press and other sections of society which according to him were responsible for traffic congestion and pollution.
The mediaperson covering the council session staged a walkout in protest against Khan’s remarks. Later, the chair adjourned the session till Tuesday. Although some council member tried to persuade the offended journalists, but they left the council premises.
Later, the convener along with Rashid Khan and Muhammed Ali Gohar visited the local press club and apologised over Khan’s remarks. He assured them that such incident would not take place in future and Khan would withdraw his remarks in Tuesday’s session.
Earlier, council members Ashraf Munna, Dr Rakshanda, Sajida Baloch, Amjad Hussein, Babu Ghulam Hussein, Farzana Ansari, Ishtiaq Ali, Nasir Gaddi and Farhat Khan supported the resolutions and gave suggestions for checking environmental pollution.
In the beginning of the session a member, Mahboob Abro, drew the chair’s attention towards a letter of the district coordination officer (DCO). The convener said he would give his ruling on the issue on the last day of the session and the writ of the district council would be ensured. “A letter in this regard is being sent to the district Nazim today (Monday),” he added.
Another council member, Hussein Bux Husseini, condemned the incident of killing of a student of the Sindh Agriculture University and the ensuing violence. Muhammad Ali Gohar informed the House about the damage caused by a fire at a garage in Noorani Basti.
Source: The News