Federal Ombudsperson Kashmala Tariq's staff assaults Waqt News team including Matiullah Jan

03:35 PM | 8 Mar, 2018
Federal Ombudsperson Kashmala Tariq's staff assaults Waqt News team including Matiullah Jan
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ISLAMABAD - A group of working journalists associated with Waqt News including one of its renowned anchors Matiullah Jan was assaulted inside the office of federal ombudsperson in Islamabad on Thursday.

According to a series of tweets by Nawa-i-Waqt Group Editor Rameeza Nizami, the Waqt News staff recorded an interview of Kashmala Tariq, serving as federal ombudsperson on protection against harassment of women at workplace, however, as the staff tried to get out of her office, it was not allowed to do so.

Sharing a few videos showing how the Waqt News staff was manhandled, Rameeza revealed that Kashmala Tariq, who recently took the oath of her office directed her staff to seize the team’s telephones, camera equipment, and footage of the interview.

Nizami claimed that the police officials on the spot were allegedly restrained by the staff of Federal Ombudsperson to intervene and settle the dispute.

The Waqt News head claimed that the interview was presented to Kashmala Tariq for review, even then she ordered the team that it 'will not leave with the footage'.

Decrying how the people in power abhor being questioned, Rameeza Nizami claimed that even after two hours, the Waqt News crew was not allowed to leave the office.