May 18, 2020
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned an incident of throwing bullets on a sit-in for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman (MSR).
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Rehman more than two months ago.
PFUJ President Shehzada Zulfiqar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi in a statement deplored the incident and said such cowardly acts could not deter the journalist community.
Men in a black vehicle arrived at the sit-in in Rawalpindi and dropped seven bullets in front of the participants. They used abusive language against the media, which indicates they wanted to terrify the protesters.
“The journalist community will never surrender to such cowardly acts,” PFUJ said.
The union leaders urged the government to investigate the incident and arrest the culprits immediately as it was an attack on the freedom of the citizens.
“The fight for the freedom of press and release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman will continue,” the statement said.
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