Sialkot: The journalists in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Head Marala, Chawinda, Badiana, Pasrur and surrounding areas held strike to lodge their strong protest against forced arrest of Bahawalnagar based senior journalist Sohail Khan by local police and implicating him and his brother into a fictitious case by the orders of local administration of Bahawalnagar.
In Sialkot, an important condemnation meeting of Sialkot based senior journalists held here. Chairman Sialkot Press Club Anwar Hussain Bajwa and General Secretary Sialkot Press Club Mian Naeem Iqbal jointly chaired the meeting. During the meeting, senior journalists Zafar Malik, Abid Hussain Mehdi, Abdul Shakoor Mirza, Arif Mehmood Sheikh, Humayun Iqbal Malik, Zahid Ali Khan , Muhammad Noor Ahmed, Junaid Aftab , Abraiz Khan, Gulzar Ahmed, Madam Munawar Sultana , Imran Rehman, Irfan Gul, Umair Ashraf , Shehzad Riaz Butt, Abdul Majeed Butt and others strongly condemned the “highhandedness’ of the Bahawalnagar administration and targeting the Bahawalnagar based media men, particularly The Nation Correspondent Sohail Khan and getting registered a fake case against Sohail Khan and his younger brother Asim for “what is described” as going against the “mighty” local administration.
They said that journalists were eyes and ears of society and government should protect the journalists from the bureaucratic highhandedness. They asked the PML-N government to ensure the freedom of press and expression in the country.