Protest against the unjust arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman: Demonstrators condemned absolute intolerance towards the media
KARACHI / LAHORE / PESHAWAR / RAWALPINDI: Demonstrations to stop clampdowns on the free and independent press, crackdown on the Jang-Geo Group and unfair detention of Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a false case once again brought on Tuesday various journalists and media organizations, trade unions, sections of civil society in solidarity with Group workers.
By bringing placards and submitting demands for Rahman’s unconditional release throughout the country, they criticized the government for reinforcing absolute intolerance of criticism by the media. In Karachi, union leader Nasir Mansoor said that an important campaign was inevitable for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman when people became fed up with the government. Mansoor, who is the secretary general of the National Trade Union Federation, when speaking at demonstrations by the Jang-Geo Action Committee, said that the government of foreign nationals is a common enemy of all workers in the country, both farmers and farmers. or journalist. He said the entire leadership of the PTI would flee after bankrupting Pakistan because it was evident from the two-year performance.
Secretary of the Confederation of Employees of Pakistan’s Newspaper Shakil Yamin Kanga said that it had been 135 days since Mir Shakil was in prison for not subscribing to government financial management from his editorial policy. Secretary General of the Trade Union News Dara Zafar and Secretary General of the Press Trade Union Javed Rana Yusuf also spoke on the occasion.
In Lahore, journalists and workers Jang, Geo, The News continued to protest against the illegal arrest of their Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and demand his immediate release. The protesters criticized the government and NAV for implicating the Group’s chief editor in the case of 34-year-old private ownership. They say the government and NAB are trying to blackmail media owners to close their eyes and ears to stagflation, unemployment, commodity shortages, and corruption by cabinet members. The protest was led by Jang Group Editor, Shaheen Qureshi, while Malik Zahoor Awan, Farooq Awan, Zaheer Anjum, Malik Muhammad Ali, Khizar Hayat Gondal, Awais Qarni, Muhammad Shafique, and other employees from the Jang Group were present at the occasion.
Likewise in Peshawar, media workers from the Jang Group attacked Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government and NAB for illegally detaining the heads of the country’s largest media group. Regarding the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman as illegal, unconstitutional, and an attack on the media, the protesters said the government had left the dictators in restraint of independent media.
Speaking to the demonstrators, Pakistani People’s Party provincial councilor Abid Ali Shah condemned the arrest of the leader of Jang Group and demanded the resignation of the NAB chairman after accusing him of being a tool in the hands of the PTI. PPP leaders say Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dictatorial policies cannot be accepted by his party. Senior journalist Arshad Aziz Malik, Shakeel Farman, Imdad Ali Qazalbash, Shah Zaman also spoke on the occasion.
In Rawalpindi, Geo and Jang Group workers have been protesting for the past 135 days.
Tuesday’s protest was attended by the Chair of the Joint Action Committee of Geo and Jang Group workers and President Jang of Union Workers Nasir Chisti, Chair of Editorial Committee Jang Rawalpindi Hanif Khalid, Editor of Farooq Aqdas Magazine, Chief Reporter Rana Ghulam Qadir, RIUJ Secretary General Asif Ali Bhatti, Ms Rubina Shaheen, Laeq Shaukat, Munir Shah, Amjad Ali Abbasi, Malik Nusrat and other workers from Jang and The News.
Speaking to the protesters, the speakers appealed to the Supreme Court to take suo motu notification about NAB’s illegal actions. They said Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman upheld the reasons for media freedom and refused to compromise with the cause of freedom of speech in the country. They say the workers from the Geo and Jang groups stand firm with their Editor in Chief. They say the struggle for media freedom and freedom of expression will continue until its achievement.
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