Pakistan’s Human Rights Society condemns Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman who continues to be detained
Pakistan Human Rights Chair Dr. S M Zafar on Thursday criticized the ongoing detention of Jang Geo Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman for false accusations in property cases.
Dr Zafar said that MSR’s prolonged detention appears to have no basis in the matter being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau.
He called the arrest a violation of human dignity, adding that the group’s owner, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman, and his son, MSR, had upheld the law and made an indelible mark on journalism.
Dr Zafar noted that the NAV could not deny the statements recorded by MSR.
Meanwhile, in Multan, a protest camp has been set up outside Jang’s office where journalists and trade organization members have held protests calling for MSR to be released immediately.
The President of the Merchants Union, Chaudhry M Hanif, described the arrest as an act of political revenge.
On Tuesday, the accountability court that listened to personal property references to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman extended his physical detention until April 18.
The decision was taken after the Lahore High Court’s verdict rejected the petition for the arrest of the veteran journalist.
NAB on March 12 captured MSR in connection with property that was allegedly purchased illegally from a government entity more than three decades ago.
Rights groups and local and international journalist bodies have condemned the arrest as an attempt to suppress the press and silence disputes by heavy-handed regimes that do not care much about press freedom.