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Protests continue for release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman

RAWALPINDI/KARACHI: The the media and workers of Geo-Jang Group staged a objection here on Tuesday beside the illegal and unjustified take into custody of Editor-in-Chief of the collection Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and affirmed his arrest as victimisation and government oppression to manage the free and independent voice of the media.

Before presentation the peaceful demonstration, press and workers of Geo-Jang collection, beside with journalist organisations, representatives of the civil civilization and political workers, prayed for the physical condition of Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and his mother.The countrywide protest of journalists and workers of Geo-Jang Group has continued for the last 214 days against the illegal and unjustified take into custody of Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.

At the complaint camp set up outside the offices of the Jang and The News in Rawalpindi, which has already been declared as the Freedom road, the protesters, while carrying banner and placards, chanted slogans, demanding the let go of Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and in support for the freedom of the media in the country.

between others who were current at the protest camp were Secretary worldwide Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Nasir Zaidi, Chairman Joint Action group of personnel of Geo and Jang Group Islamabad and leader Jang Workers Union Rawalpindi Nasir Chisti, Resident Editor Jang Rawalpindi Hanif Khalid, Secretary General Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists and Senior Correspondent Geo News Islamabad Asif Ali Bhatti, Chief Reporter Jang Rawalpindi Rana Ghulam Qadir, Amjad Abbassi, Munir Shah, Nusrat Malik, Kamal Shah, Naseerul Haq, Azhar Sultan, Aslam Butt, Athar Naqvi and other communal and political workers, besides personnel of the Jang and The News.

The protesters demand of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to offer justice to Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and release him. They said the progress for Justice for Editor-in-Chief will carry on till his release. They said Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was arrested illegally in a fake and fabricated case of 34-year-old business deal and his take into custody was only meant to mute the voices for the free media.

In Karachi, Pakistan People’s Party leader Dr Muhammad Ismail said the Jang-Geo Group was being punished for promoting truth in its publications and transmit. He urged the courtyard to declare the incarceration of the Jang-Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman illegal and immediately let go him from prison. He said the government had made a 34-year-old case beside Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a bid to pressurise him to toe its line.

He said the whole PPP stand with the protesting employees of the Jang-Geo Group and if Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was not set free, then they will join the Jang-Geo Action Committee and take to the streets against the draconian curbs on the self-governing media. He demanded of the law court of Pakistan to take notice of seven-month-long custody of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a false case.

Others who spoke on the occasion included All Pakistan paper workers Confederation’s escritoire general Shakil Yamin Kanga, Urdu daily Naya Mahaz’s resident editor Ashfaq Warraich, The News workers Union’s universal secretary Dara Zafar and APNEC Karachi’s vice-chairman Rana Yusuf.

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