Thug robs Media Times Group Coordination Editor Raja Riaz
LAHORE: An armed dacoit deprived Raja Riaz, Group Editor Coordination, Media Times Limited, of valuables, ornaments and mobile phones in the Samanabad Police Station area on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
The incident occurred when Raja Riaz was coming from the office with his family, Nosheen Naqvi, Associate Producer, ARY Television, and two-year-old son Ali Zarvan when a motorcyclist intercepted them at New Market Samanabad and pointed a gun at little Ali Zarvan, asking Nosheen Naqvi to give him mobile phones and golden ornaments she was wearing at that time. The dacoit, making the baby hostage, snatched gold and diamond jewellery, two cell phones, cash and credit and ATM cards worth approximately Rs 250,000, besides taking her bag with him. The dacoit threatened to kill the baby and his parents.
Right after the robbery, the family called Rescue 15 and police reached the spot, but failed to find any clue of the culprit. It is pertinent to mention here that it is the fourth incident of such nature in the last two months at the same place.
The Samanabad police have lodged FIR-127/15 of the incident.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly condemned the incident. The PFUJ staged a protest demonstration in front of Punjab Assembly building that was addressed by PFUJ President Rana Azeem, Punjab Union of Journalists President Hafiz Wadood, PUJ Secretary General Amir Sohail and other senior journalists. Speaking on the occasion, the PFUJ leaders demanded the administration to arrest the dacoit in 24 hours; otherwise the journalist community would boycott the assembly session.
Rana Azeem said the lives of journalists were in danger in Pakistan and the situation was worst in Lahore. The police have totally failed to protect the journalists, but the incident with PFUJ central leader Raja Riaz would not be let unnoticed.