January 18, 2021
ISLAMABAD—Geo News cameraperson Nasir Mughal was beaten up by the accused and their lawyers while covering the Barrister Fahad Malik murder case outside an anti-terrorism court.
According to geo.tv, Mughal was attacked when he started making footage of the accused leaving the court. The handcuffed accused attacked Mughal in front of the police, tearing his clothes and bruising his face. They also snatched and broke his mobile phone.
Later, the police said Mughal was undergoing a medical examination while a spokesperson for the Islamabad Police said an inquiry would be initiated. Meanwhile, an application has been submitted to an Islamabad ATC judge against the assault.
Asma Shirazi, Qadir Khan Yousafzai, Hamid Mir, and other journalists condemned the attack. Shirazi, in her tweet, said the court "should take action against the culprits."
Barrister Fahad Malik, a nephew of former Senate chairman and incumbent Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro, was murdered in the F-10/3 sector in Islamabad on August 15, 2016.
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