Pak journalist assaulted by unidentified men day after criticising military establishment
Amir (73) was returning home after his TV programme on Dunya News was intercepted by unidentified men. He claimed that he was dragged out of the car and thrashed.
With bruises on his face, Amir alleged that the masked men not only ''hit him and tore his clothes, they also took away his cellphone and wallet. They left when people started gathering on the busy road''.
On Thursday, during a speech at a seminar in Islamabad on the 'Regime Change and its Fallout on Pakistan', Amir targeted the powerful military establishment for its role in Pakistan's politics. The seminar was also attended by former prime minister Imran Khan.
Parts of Amir's speech have gone viral on social media.
He also pointed out the mistakes committed by Imran Khan during his tenure as the country's prime minister especially following the lines of the military establishment.
Reacting to the incident, Imran Khan tweeted, ''I condemn in strongest terms the violence against senior journalist Ayaz Amir today in Lahore. Pakistan descending into the worst kind of fascism with violence and fake FIRs against journalists, opposition politicians, and citizens. When the state loses all moral authority it resorts to violence.'' Journalists, lawyer bodies and rights activists condemned the assault.
''Supreme Court of Pakistan needs to take suo moto (cognizance) of this terrorism against one of the most respected, non-controversial media figures. Ayyaz Amir is around 73 years of age! One of the most respected English columnists Pakistan has ever created! HRCP and Dawn and civil society must stand,'' senior journalist Moeed Peerzada tweeted.
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