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Notice issued over journalist’s detention

KARACHI- A bench of Sindh High Court issued notices to SSP Thatta, SHO PS Sajawal and Advocate General Sindh on a writ petition challenging arrest of a Sindhi Daily’s reporter by Thatta Police.

According to the petition, a journalist Abdul Haq of daily Barsat Karachi had written two stories on August 4 and 5 regarding alleged enmity and ongoing contention between Shirazis of Thatta and Thatta Police and thereafter he was arrested and detained. The bench, comprising Justice Ghulam Nabi Soomro and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, fixed August, 24 for further proceedings.

It has been submitted by petitioner’s counsel Ghulam Kadir Jatoi that since the news item had hit the interests of the area police, it turned inimical towards him and started harassing him and his family. The SHO Sajawal and his party raided the journalist’s house early in the morning on August 15 and took him to the police station where he was subjected to maltreatment.

The petitioner Aslam Dino Khan, brother of the detenu Abdul Haq, approached the SSP Thatta and pleaded for the release of his brother but the SSP informed him that Abdul Haq deserved no sympathy since he had written articles against police and would have to face consequences. In such circumstances, the petitioner pleaded, he was left with no efficacious remedy but to invoke the writ jurisdiction of the SHC.
Source: The News
Date:8/19/2000