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PM, political leaders condemn attack on office of ARY NEWS

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NAWAZ K SHAH

ISLAMABAD:(APS) August 22, 2016– Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack on the office of ARY NEWS channel in Karachi on Monday. PM directed the immediate arrest of those spreading unrest and ordered that the journalists and the public be provided protection, reported APS News.

According to the spokesperson of the PM House, PM Nawaz stated that the attack on the office of the ARY news channel in Karachi was an attack on the freedom of independence of media. He directed that the federal and the provincial governments should bring those behind the unfortunate happenings to justice.

PM ordered that the citizens of Karachi and the journalists in particular should be provided with full security. Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid condemned the attack in Karachi and stated that the current government believed in the freedom of expression and the attack on free media shall not be tolerated at any costs.

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Minister of the Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that the attack on media houses in Karachi was unacceptable and demanded a report of the incident from Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto condemned the attack on the office of the private news channel. PPP Chairman stated that differences within a society need to be respected as they were its essential element. Bilawal expressed solidarity with the journalists and stated that free media ensured a strengthened democracy.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khurshid Shah stated that restrictions on media will not be tolerated, adding that media was the fourth pillar of the state, it cannot be weakened.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Ismail stated that even MQM workers were baffled that when shall their lives become any bit easier, further stating that whatever was said about Muttahida was being proven true. He added that MQM chief made the public to raise slogans against Pakistan and Rangers.

MQM workers on Monday stormed the office of a private television channel as a result of which the area around the press club and Fawara Chowk became a battlefield among the demonstrators and the law enforcement agencies.

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