LAHORE / PESHAWAR: Media workers on Saturday continued their protest against the extrajudicial detention of Jang / Geo Chief Editor Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
They gathered at the protest camp set up outside Jang’s office on Davis Street and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Imran Khan and the National Accountability Bureau. They called the detention of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman a result of the NAB-Niazi nexus. The demonstrators appealed to the head of Pakistan’s court to take suo motu unlawful detention notices in a decades-long case of fake property.
Senior journalist Zaheer Anjum said people were fed up and lost patience because of selective accountability. He said journalists had promised to continue their protests against the unlawful detention until Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s release.
Sher Ali Khalti said Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was victimized because he was the torch bearer for press freedom in the country. He appreciated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for praising Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s cause and calls for his release.
Awais Qarni and Farooq Awan demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Muhammad Ali, Javed Ahmed, Aziz Sheikh, Allah Rakha, Zubair, Khalid Khattak, Ramaish, Munawwar Hussain, Afzal Abbas, Muhammad Rehan, Ayesha Ikram, Mohammad Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Munawwar Hussain, Muhammad Shafiq, Romeo Jalib, Shahid Aziz and Humayoun Zaman Mirza also attended the demonstration. In Peshawar, Journalist
renewed the request for the release of Jang Group Chief Editor Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman as they continued to protest against his arrest. Carrying banners and placards, they gathered outside the offices of Daily Jang, The News, and Geo TV to express outrage at the detention.
Peshawar Press Club chairman Syed Bukhar Shah has led the protests, which have been staged regularly since Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest on March 12 this year.
Syed Bukhar Shah, Shakeel Farman Ali, Ehtesham Toru, Qaiser Khan, Shah Zaman and others spoke at the occasion.
They condemned the detention of the head of the country’s largest media group over the past seven months.
Speakers criticized the Tehreek-e-Insaf government of Pakistan for victimizing Jang Media Group and its chairman Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in an attempt to force them to be lenient.
Speakers regretted that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman had been behind bars for the past 220 days in a case that was more than three decades old.
They say the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is biased and accuse the anti-corruption agency of targeting opposition political parties and independent media that are suspected of being the best of the PTI government.
The speakers pointed out that NAB does not pay attention to the massive corruption scandals such as wheat flour, sugar, the land of Malam Jabba, Tsunami Billion Trees and the Bus Rapid Transit Project despite the fact that this is no longer a secret.
They appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to look into the case and give justice to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.