TV artist Arshad seeks security -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

TV artist Arshad seeks security

Peshawar: The famous TV artist, Arshad Hussain, who was kidnapped on October 02, demanded of the international organizations to provide him asylum as he was feeling insecure in Pakistan. He stated this, while addressing a news conference in Peshawar here on Monday.

Flanked by chairman Pakistan artistes’ association NWFP, Ijaz Mir, Ishrat Abas, Dr. Ikram Khan, Khalid Khan Khattak, Malik Rahman Gul, Shazia Haleem and others. Arshad Hussain said that he had been kidnapped by some unknown persons for ransom from Rashakai village on Oct 02 2008, but when the kidnappers had come to know about him that Arshad was a poor person, then they released him Arshad, who was working on a project launched by an NGO, expelled him from its project considering him as a risk for further working in the NGO after his kidnapping. “ I including my family still tortured and shocked,” he wept during the conference. I had only 24000 thousands rupees when was I was kidnapped from the village, he added, majority of the artistes belong to a middle class, but they are considered to be rich. I’m feeling insecure, but I’m worried about my children, he said To a query, he said that he had served art for last 20 years but did not do anything for my family.

Chairman of the artistes, Ijaz Mir demanded of the NWFP government to provide a job to Arshad Hussain as he was expelled from NGP as he (Arshad) himself belonged to district Mardan and a voter of the chief minister’ constituency.
Source: The Post
Date:10/14/2008