Political admin arrests 2 journalists for reporting Bajaur situation
PESHAWAR, January 16 2006: The Bajaur Agency political administration on Saturday January 14 arrested Daily Times Peshawar Bureau Chief Iqbal Khattak and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) correspondent Haroon Rashid from the agency’s regional headquarters Khar for reporting the situation in the tribal area.
The two journalists were released after being detained for two hours. Mr Khattak and Mr Rashid were arrested taking photographs of paramilitary soldiers in the main bazaar of the area. The two journalists were taken to the office of Bajaur Agency political administrator Fahim Wazir who reportedly used indecent language with them. Fahim also threatened Khattak and Rashid and warned them not to enter the tribal areas without permission. He also refused to allow the journalists to file their story and said that he be shown what they were going to report in advance. Khattak and Rashid refused to comply.
Source: Daily Times