BNP-M’s Mengal condems MSR’s arrest, says PTI’s curbs on media akin to dictatorship
President Balochistan National Party- Mengal (BNP-M) Akhtar Mengal on Wednesday condemned the arrest of Jang and Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and demanded that he be launched instantly.
The BNP-M just isn’t the one coalition accomplice of the PTI-led authorities that has overtly criticised the arrest. The MQM-P has additionally been vocal in opposition to the arrest of MSR and the muzzling of the media.
MSR was arrested on March 12 by NAB in a case regarding a property transaction that dates again to 1986.
“Unfortunately, in our country anyone who has taken charge of the government has muzzled the voice of the media, may it be the previous or the incumbent government,” Mengal mentioned in a video message.
“The sort of curbs being placed on media by the current government resemble those of dictatorial times,” mentioned the BNP-M chief.
“They should learn from history, so that they don’t end up regretting their decisions like the previous rulers did,” he mentioned, urging the federal government to right away launch MSR together with different political leaders who’re in solitary confinement and torture cells.
“The rulers should be able to bear and withstand ciriticism just like they welcome praise,” he mentioned, including: “ I have condemned MSR’s arrests since day one.”
“Media has played a crucial role in strengthening democratic institutions. Free media has always acted as a medium between masses and government. Government’s policies and public opinions may be positive or negative but free media has always played its role,” he added.
Amal Clooney’s regulation agency recordsdata attraction at UN
Barrister Amal Clooney’s regulation agency, Doughty Street Chambers, has filed a grievance on the United Nations (UN) in opposition to the “politically-motivated and arbitrary arrest” of MSR by the NAB.
The agency, identified for its work on worldwide human rights points, introduced on Monday that an pressing attraction has been lodged on MSR’s behalf with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and a second attraction made to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Doughty Street Chambers confirmed that these pressing appeals name on the UN consultants to behave and be sure that the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led authorities and NAB adjust to their obligations beneath worldwide regulation and that MSR be launched instantly.
“Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was arrested on March 12 by NAB in Pakistan in a case concerning a property transaction that dates back 34 years to 1986. He has been imprisoned since, in unsafe and unhygienic conditions and without meaningful and regular access to his lawyers. Jang Media Group owns Geo TV as well as some of Pakistan’s largest newspapers,” mentioned the agency.
It famous that MSR’s arrest and detention comes following many assaults upon and concentrating on of him, Jang Media Group and its journalists, by Imran Khan’s authorities and NAB and amid a deteriorating local weather for media freedom in Pakistan.