Chakwal: Journalist arrested
CHAKWAL, July 1: Journalists on Friday protested against the arrest of an editor of a local weekly newspaper brought out from Chakwal.
Mohammad Tofail was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of possessing 1,040 grams hashish.
The Journalists’ protest at Bhoun Chowk, which started around 8:30am, was joined by members of the civil society, wife and children of the arrested Journalist, and rickshaw drivers, who had come out against the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) for increasing the “parking rates”.
Rickshaws were parked to block the crossing. They raised slogans against police and the TMA. The protest continued for four hours, blocking the city’s main square.
Tasleem Begum, arrested Journalist’s wife, accused District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Ali Mohsin of registering a fake case against her husband. “My husband only exposed corruption and cruelties of police,” she said.
DPO Mohsin told Dawn that he had nothing to do with the case registered against the Journalist. “Neither I know him nor am I aware of any such FIR.” He added that he also never saw Tofail’s paper. Interestingly when asked why police did not take action to open the blocked crossing, the DPO said he did not know about it. “When was the chowk blocked and why,” he asked.