LANDIKOTAL: A local journalist, Shamsul Amin Pirzada, physically tortured while his camera and Cell phone were snatched by the political Tehsildar’s driver and Khasadar force here on other day while he was covering a protest arranged by the tribesmen against the malpractices of National Data Basa and Registration (NADRA).
Consequently, Shamsul Amin received multiple Injuries and was was rushed to Agency Headquarter Hospital Landikotal for medical attention.
Political leaders, civil society, tribal elders and local Journalists condemned the act and recorded their protest the abuse of tribal journalist and termed it an action demonstrated by the Agency administration to curtail the freedom of expression and to silent the voices of journalists from tribal region.
An emergency meeting of Landikotal press club’s journalists was summoned in this connection whereby it was decided to ask Khyber Agency political Agent to take stern notice of the repeated incidents of violence against local journalists by his Agency’s Khasadar Force. Showing concern over the abusive behavior of Agency administration, it was also suggested to demand punitive action against the culprits involved in the torture of Shasul Amin Pirzada.
Journalists also vowed to hold a protest demonstration outside the political agent office and to boycott the coverage of activities and press conferences by Khyber Agency administration if their grievances aren’t paid deemed heed.