By:Asghar Ali Mubarak
ISLAMABAD:(APS)Feb 21,2017- A Musical night and collective prayer ceremony in memory of martyrs who lost their lives in recent terrorist attacks in different cities of Pakistan held by video journalist association of Islamabad at NPC Islamabad. The renowned Qawal Babar and team performance appreciated by the audience and in this regard a gold shield was presented by the President NPC. Speaking at this occasion President NPC Shakeel Anjum said the media had the power to unite the whole nation against any evil thinking. The journalists’ community should be given protection to freely observe their duties, he added. President NPC Shakeel Anjum, condemned the attacks on media men in Karachi and Lahore and expressed solidarity with the victims. Senior joint Secretary Abid Abbasi said the owners of TV channels should provide bullet proof DSNGs to their employees for the protection of their lives. The Speakers including president NPC Shakeel Anjum, senior joint Secretary Abid Abbasi, president, RIUJ Afzal Butt, senior journalist Asif Bhatti, Sheraz Gerdazi and other said Pakistan is going through a testing time and unity is the need of the hour to defeat the evil of terrorism. President RIUJ Afzal Butt said 120 journalists had been martyred in Pakistan while performing their professional duties. He demanded of the PM to establish a tribunal in accordance with his promise to investigate the killings of journalists. Senior journalist Asif Bhatti also demanded of the government to make sure to all TV channels to get insurance of their all employees. The recent terrorist attacks in different cities of Pakistan could not be described in words. The speakers condemned the killing of Taimur Abbas, an assistant cameraman of a local TV channel in Karachi and demanded the early arrest of the culprits. Addressing the audience media leaders said legislation should be introduced for the protection of journalists and their families. They condemn the targeting of journalists in the terrorist attacks. RIUJ president Afzal Butt demanded of the government to take measures including establishment of a tribunal to investigate all incidents, insurance of journalists, and security of media organizations and announcement of appropriate compensations for the victims’ families. He demanded the owners of TV channels should provide bullet proof DSNGs to their employees for the protection of their lives. Provision of bullet proof DSNG van, jackets, helmets and other necessary equipment should be ensured for media men to observe their professional responsibilities, they said. Office bearers of video journalist association of Islamabad, RIUJ, NPC and dozens of journalists, cameramen and other media workers were present at this occasion.