May 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD—Journalist Ameen Khan Rajput has announced to set himself on fire in front of the Daily Ummat office on May 23 at 6.00 pm in Karachi over non-payment of dues by his employers.
He has invited media personnel to cover his last moments.
Rajput served at Ummat for 12 years, where he quit as a sub-editor over delay in payment of salaries in October 2019.
Talking to Journalismpakistan.com, Rajput said that Ummat owed him Rs84,760 in salaries since 2018 and because of that he was facing acute financial problems.
"I am unable to meet even the basic needs, and the education of my only son is also badly affected. The owner of my rented house has warned me to pay rent by May 31 or vacate the premises," Rajput said.
Nazeer Alam, editor of Weekly Clifton Times and a former colleague of Rajput at Ummat, also expressed serious concern over his friend's financial issues.
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