A Pakistani journalist not too long ago overwhelmed by unidentified males in his residence stated Tuesday he was summoned by authorities to reply allegations he defamed a key nationwide establishment, a time period typically used for the navy.
Asad Ali Toor, who works for the Aaj News Pakistani TV channel, stated he was consulting his lawyer to determine whether or not to seem earlier than the Federal Investigation Agency on June 4.
The growth comes per week after three armed males forcibly entered Toor’s residence within the capital Islamabad, saying they have been from Inter-Services Intelligence.
The assailants repeatedly slapped Toor, accusing him of criticising the company.
However, the ISI has distanced itself from the assault, saying it was not concerned.
Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has stated authorities are near arresting the assailants who attacked Toor. But Toor stated he was not happy with the federal government’s investigation.
In an interview with The Associated Press, he described how one of many assailants injured each his arms by putting them with a pistol after tying his fingers and toes.
“When one of many attackers put his pistol on my head, for a second I assumed my time is over,” Toor stated.
He stated a few of his fellow journalists who spoke out to assist him have additionally being harassed.
Among these, Toor stated, was outstanding Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who was taken off air because the host of his widespread discuss present by Pakistan’s Geo News TV due to an anti-army speech at a rally Friday.
Mir instructed AP on Tuesday he may need used “robust phrases” in opposition to the military however his speech was in response to rising assaults on journalists. He stated he attended the rally to precise solidarity with Toor and different journalists who had not too long ago been attacked or harassed.
Although Pakistan’s authorities insists it helps freedom of speech, human rights teams typically accuse Pakistan’s navy and its companies of harassing and attacking journalists.
At a information convention Tuesday, Hina Jilani, head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, denounced the assault on Toor, the elimination of Mir as a bunch of his TV present and different assaults on journalists.
“Journalism will not be a criminal offense. Dissent will not be a criminal offense,” she stated.