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Journalists assaulted in Islamabad while covering protest by student group of Jamaat

Journalists assaulted in Islamabad while covering protest by student group of Jamaat-e-Islami
Supporters of the Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami chant slogans against military operations in Swat while rallying in the streets of Karachi May 15, 2009.

Three journalists were injured when they were assaulted by workers of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). The journalists were assaulted while covering an IJT protest rally on June 8 in capital Islamabad, the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has reported. The injured included Syed Mehdi, photojournalist for the daily the Nation, Muhammad Asim, photojournalist for Daily Jinnah, and Aqeel Qasim Shah, cameraman for Metro one TV station.

The journalists were taking photographs of IJT activists burning tires on the road to disrupt the flow of traffic. IJT activists told them to stop taking photographs. Later, the mob of IJT students assaulted the journalists and broke their cameras. Mehdi was beaten by individuals carrying batons and suffered injuries to his face, shoulder and arm. He received first aid treatment at the local hospital and was later discharged. Asim also suffered minor injuries to his face and shoulder.

Adeel Bukhari, Islamabad Bureau chief of Metro one TV, told PPF that IJT workers also broke Shah's camera. Shah sustained minor injuries to his shoulder. According to Asim, the police played a vital role in protecting the journalists and controlling the situation. They resorted to a light baton charge to disperse the assailants. The police also arrested four assailants.

Date posted: June 11, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 334