June 10, 2017
ISLAMABAD - Social activist Jibran Nasir says that journalist Rana Tanveer, threatened for his writings about religious minorities, fractured his leg when a car tried to run him over Friday.
Reports said he was returning after attending a meeting of the Punjab Union of Journalists in Lahore.
In a tweet, Nasir said: “Journalist @RanaTanver escaped being run over by car today. Leg fractured. House vandalized with death threat earlier. No action by Police.”
The tweet carries images of online FIR, the journalist himself and the hate graffiti on his home door.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the death threats to Rana Tanveer which followed his writing about religious minorities. The IFJ Thursday urged the government to ensure security to the journalist and launch an investigation into the case.
Journalist Owais Tohid also tweeted to condemn the attack. “We condemn the attack on @RanaTanver who reports on minority issues for ET & demand the arrest of culprits. Police refusing to register case.”
Earlier Tanveer, a senior reporter with The Express Tribune newspaper, found his home vandalized and the door painted with a threat that reads, “Qadiani nawaz Rana Tanveer kafir wajib ul qatl, (Qadiani supporter Rana Tanveer is a non-believer who deserves to be killed)”. His landlord had also received calls from unknown numbers asking to evict Tanveer calling him an ‘enemy of Islam’.
Tanveer has passionately covered issues relating to religious minorities and human rights. The journalist has reported the threats to the police, but claims that the police has shown little interest and has not even registered a case.
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