20 PML-N workers booked for beating journalists during GT Road power show

  • Safdar Kasra was beaten by a group of party workers on Augst 9 when he was covering rally of PML-N

ISLAMABAD – As many as 20 workers of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz were booked on Wednesday for beating journalists and snatching cash and valuables from them during the recently staged GT Road power show.

The case was registered at Aabpara police station in response to a complaint lodged by Capital TV reporter, Safdar Ali Klasra who stated in his complaint that he was performing his duties on August 9 near the model of Chagi Mountain at Faizabad along with other colleagues when a group of 20 rally participants disembarked from their vehicles and started beating him.

“The attackers snatched my two mobile phones and started deleting photographs and video clips from them,” the FIR stated, adding that he introduced himself to them but in response one of the attackers hit him with the butt of his weapon.

Two of his colleagues – Benazir Madhi and Nayla Afsar – who were present at the spot rushed to rescue him, but the attackers also beat them up following which they fainted.

Allegedly, the party workers targeted him for shooting a video of an ambulance stuck in the traffic near Faizabad since 2 hours.

When contacted, Aabpara police spokesperson confirmed that the case had been registered and investigations were underway.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz organised a rally from Islamabad to Lahore from August 9 till August 12 in which multiple incidents of assaults were reported as newsmen linked to the ARY News were also targeted by party workers.