ISLAMABAD: A report submitted by the Islamabad inspector-general of police with the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday maintained that action had been taken against 32 people involved in the harassment of and attacks on journalists.

The report was submitted during the hearing of the apex court’s suo motu case concerning harassment of journalists.

According to the report, about 16 cases were registered with different police stations of Islamabad during the last one year.

Investigative reports of 12 cases of the 16 cases had been submitted to the trial courts, the report further stated. The person who attacked journalist Absar Alam had not been identified yet, it added.

“The person who attacked journalist Asad Ali Toor could not be identified by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority). According to NADRA, the faces of those who attacked Absar Alam and Asad Ali Toor were not clear,” the report stated.

It further added that the accused who harassed journalist Meher Bukhari was under investigation.

“At present, total four cases are under investigation and strenuous efforts are being made to trace out culprits Involved in the cases within shortest possible time and investigation will be concluded fairly, impartially and purely on merit,” it added.

In August, the SC had summoned the heads of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Islamabad police and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a case pertaining to the harassment of journalists.

A three-member bench of the top court, led by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, took up the suo motu case. The bench also summoned the attorney general and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) advocate general at the next hearing.

Source: Express Tribune

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