TV anchor Iqrar-ul-Hassan arrested after Sindh Assembly sting operation

Dawood Rehman 05:19 PM | 29 Apr, 2016
TV anchor Iqrar-ul-Hassan arrested after Sindh Assembly sting operation
KARACHI (Web Desk) - Security guards arrested a private television channel's team from Sindh Assembly premises on Friday after one of them took out a gun inside the house apparently in order to expose security lapses.

In a sting operation, ARY News anchor Iqrarul Hasan entered the assembly building along with one of the crew members carrying a pistol, without being checked by the security guards. Once inside, he presented the weapon before the speaker, shocking the lawmakers.

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Sindh Interior Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal, instead of addressing the opposition's concerns, requested the speaker to order the arrest of the armed man and his team members.

"I request you to order the assembly's security staff to keep them in detention until police arrive to arrest them for the crime," Siyal asked Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.

Durrani ruled that no one including journalists would be allowed to enter the assembly without undergoing security check from this point on.

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His order was followed by detention of Iqrar and his team as security personnel at the Sindh Assembly encircled the anchor and took him out of the hall. He was later arrested by the police and was moved to Arambagh Police Station.

Speaking in the House, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal said inquiry will be conducted on the matter. He constituted a committee headed by DIG South to probe the matter. The minister also suspended security in-charge of the Sindh Assembly.

Opposition leaders were critical of the provincial government and those responsible for the building's security.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hasan questioned the speaker about insufficient security arrangements for the assembly building "which is already receiving threats from banned organisations".

"The Sindh government is spending millions for the security of the house but an armed man is not only able to sneak into the house but stay there with ease," Izhar remarked.

The incident also sparked a debate on Twitter, where social media users supported the TV anchor and appreciated his efforts in raising social issues.

Ali Hassan Zaidi, PTI's leader from Karachi, also took the issue to Twitter.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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