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March 26, 2020

Mengal chides arrest of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief

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March 26, 2020

By M Saleh Zaafir

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Chairman Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Sardar Akhtar Mengal reiterated his condemnation over the arbitrary arrest of Jang-Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, saying media played a vital role to strengthen the democratic institutions of any country.

Talking to Geo News in Capital Talk, the Baloch leader said the free

press always acted as a bridge between the government and the people, adding that it conveyed the people’s issues to the authorities and the government’s decisions to the people. He said it was possible that the government’s decisions are wrong and the people’s reactions both were negative or positive, but the free media plays its due role to build a bridge.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal asked the government to immediately release Jang-Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, and other political prisoners, kept in isolation and torture cells. He said it was unfortunate that whoever comes to the power, they always tried to curb the media: like those in the past and now the incumbent government.

The chairman BNP (Mengal) said the government's action against the media would compel the nation to recall the dictatorial regimes. Mengal said the government should not just seek appreciations but learn to tolerate criticism too. He said the incumbent rulers should draw lesson from their predecessors who are now regretting their tenures. Mengal said the government must avoid those actions that they have to repent in future.

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir adds: Meanwhile, Parliamentary Group Leader of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Senator Usman Khan Kakkar has made demand for immediate release of Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in the Parliamentary Group Leaders conference on coronavirus situation convened by speaker National Assembly in Parliament House on Wednesday.

He was of the view that the government instead devoting its attention to curb the spread of virus, wasting its energies on taking on its critics and controlling the media. He impressed the need to check the NAB from taking illegal actions.

PML-N party leader in Senate Senator Mushahidullah Khan impressed upon the government to respect media freedom.