August 31, 2018
ISLAMABAD - Senior journalist and analyst Shaheen Sehbai has censured DawnNews Television reporter Inamullah Khattak (pictured) for hitting a man outside the court and called for sending him to “training camp”.
In a tweet, Sehbai said: “As a credible n serious organization where I worked for years, Dawn must not tolerate this behavior. This junior reporter must be grounded and sent to a training camp before he is allowed to go for reporting. @dawn_com.”
He was reacting to the tweet from Amer Khan, who said when an MPA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf slapped a citizen, the media went berserk as the party fined the legislator Rs500,000. “Dawn news journalist slapped a citizen in front of NAB Court Islamabad but police said nothing to him. But PTI's MPA slapped a man in Karachi, paid media was crying. MPA went to his house, apologised, fined 5 Lac by the party. Now will media show this, will journalist to apologise??”
However, after the incident, Inam told JournalismPakistan.com that the man was shouting slogans against the military and NAB. “I told him to bugger off and he hit back saying ‘shut up’ and then swore at me. That is why I got upset and hit him.”
Police briefly arrested the man, Mir Mujtaba but was released after a patch-up with the journalist. Khattak tweeted: “He accepted his fault and I accepted mine. His family pleaded his release from police custody. He is free now.”
Daily Times, November 5, 2016