October 16, 2018
ISLAMABAD – An audio clip of a conversation in which Haroon ur Rasheed, senior columnist and an analyst of Dunya News, purportedly threatens a police officer has gone viral.
The telephonic conversation starts with Rasheed asking the policeman if he had arrested an individual named Nadeem Abbas. He then introduces himself, saying he is calling from Dunya News.
The cop tells him the individual is under arrest and on a physical remand.
“Our sources tell us he has done no wrong and that he has been beaten up,” Rasheed says.
“If your sources are saying that, so what,” the cop responds.
“I have just asked you a question and why are you responding like a governor,” retorts the veteran journalist.
The conversation then hots up, and Rasheed tells him that even his Inspector General (IG) does not talk arrogantly like him.
“Ok, I’ll let you know in a little while; your IG will call you.”
The columnist tells him to behave, calling him “gadhay kay bachay”.
“You should be ashamed of yourself, such a literate person using such language,” the cop says. “Do whatever you can, get me hanged. If you have the guts come and talk to me face to face. I do no wrong and am afraid of only Allah.”
“Ok, I will find out about that,” Rasheed tells him.
Photo: Twitter (haroon_natamam)
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