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Peshawar administration given deadline for journalist’s recovery: Durrani

During his visit to Peshawar Press Club, the Minister expressed deep concern over the kidnapping of senior journalist Suhail Qalandar and observed that kidnapping is a menace therefore, federal and provincial governments should adopt a comprehensive and effective strategy to protect common man and eliminate the menace.Informing the media about his meeting with Chief Minister Durrani, the federal minister said he had discussed the kidnapping of senior journalist with Chief Minister and Governor NWFP and informed them of the concern of federal government and journalist community in this regard.

Minister for broadcasting, who also visited residence of martyred CCPO, Malik Mohammad Saad on Monday, condemned the suicide attack on Saturday night, which killed high police officers and public representatives.

Urging the opposition to join hands for maintaining peace and security in the country, Mohammad Ali Durrani assured media men that law and order situation, particularly kidnapping for ransom would be discussed in the upcoming session of National Assembly. Operation against social elements should be continued any time, while the politicians, religious leaders, intellectuals and general masses should co-operate with government to tight writ of law in the country, he said.

“Anti state elements and extremists forces are bent upon to damage the peaceful atmosphere in the country and wave up sectarianism in Pakistan during the holy month of Muharram” Durrani remarked.Terrorism in Islamabad and Peshawar was a part of this conspiracy, which should be compete with patience, bravery and shrewdness, the minister observed. A number of journalists had shown their grave concern and anguish over the lethargic and ineffective response of the federal government about the kidnapping of Suhail Qalandar.They termed it a total failure on the part of government to recover a senior journalist from the clutches of kidnappers, saying that the government was not taking seriously the problems and feeling of journalists of NWFP and tribal areas.
Source: Busniess Recorder
Date:1/30/2007