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Mardan journalist complains of harassment

By Our Correspondent
May 15, 2018

MARDAN: Two unidentified people travelling in a double-cabin vehicle and claiming to be Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) employees stopped a senior journalist’s car and harassed him on the Mardan-Malakand road near Defence Colony here on Monday.

Mohammad Riaz Mayar, general secretary of Mardan Press Club, told the media that he dropped his children at their school and was coming to the Press Club when a white double-cabin vehicle (No BD-8422-Peshawar) stopped in front of his car on Mardan-Malakand road near THE Punjab Regiment Centre.

He added that two unidentified people, one speaking Pashto and the other Urdu, came to him and said the vehicle was of an ISI colonel.The journalist said that for more than 15 minutes, the two men harassed and abused him on the road. He said that when he asked the name of the colonel, they refused to disclose the name.

“Such type of incidents creates anger against the army and people like Manzoor Pashteen emerge,” he argued. Mayar asked the army chief and chief justice of Pakistan to conduct an inquiry and punish the two people for mentally torturing him by using name of ISI.