November 19, 2018
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has regretted the treatment meted out to Hussain Naqi, one of Pakistan’s most senior and seasoned journalists, by the Supreme Court.
“The treatment meted out to a person who fought every dictator in this country, who fought all his life for the freedom of speech and expression and who spent his life defending the rights of downtrodden is highly regrettable,” said a joint statement issued by PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi.
The PFUJ said the humiliation of a senior citizen, that too of an upright and principled person by the court has seriously hurt the sentiments of journalist community across the country.
Such a treatment is also in violation of Article 5 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Pakistan is a signatory. It says: “ No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
“Hussain Naqi has taught journalism to hundreds of journalists in this country and is highly revered by them, the statement said adding: “We express our complete solidarity with one of our heroes and stand with him.
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