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Threats to senior journalists echo in NA

ISLAMABAD: The threats to The News Group Editor Shaheen Sehbai, Editor Investigation Ansar Abbasi and senior journalists Rauf Klasra echoed in the National Assembly on Tuesday as the opposition demanded of the government to clarify its position.

Raising the issue on a point of order, PML-N MNA Abid Sher Ali questioned the government’s claim of press freedom with giving threats to senior journalists.Clarifying the government position, Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik said that just after the appearance of the story in The News, he personally made telephone calls to Shaheen Sehbai and Ansar Abbasi and offered them all kind of security.

“Ansar Abbasi did not want the security and returned me with thanks,” he said, adding, he also sent the DIG to Ansar Abbasi to provide him with security of his choice. He said he also talked to Shaheen Sehbai to provide all kind of assistance for his security. “Rauf Klasra is also my friend and I am ready to provide him with security,” Malik added.

Source: The News

Date:1/14/2009