June 15, 2019
ISLAMABAD — Senior journalist Mateen Haider and some of his colleagues were attacked and beaten up in Sector E-7 Friday evening allegedly by accomplices of a notorious land grabber.
According to reports the journalists had gone there to condole a death in an acquaintance’s family when they came under atatck. The assailants threatened to kill them.
I along with 5 journalists came under attack by private gunmen on today evening on hillside road E-7 Islamabad, attackers belong to notorious land grabber hamza bari, who also appeared on spot n gave threats to kill us,15 was called reached collected evidence. @ShireenMazari1— Mateen Haider (@haider_mateen) June 14, 2019
It was not immediately clear what promoted the assault.
Haider in a tweet said the gunmen were accomplices of Hamza Bari, who also arrived at the scene.
The incident was reported to the police, who reached the spot and collected evidence. They later registered an FIR and made three arrests.
Photo: Facebook (Mateen Haider)
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