All involved in torture on journalists to be brought to book: Dr Firdous

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday while condemning the tragic incident in Zarai Tarakiati Bank building where journalists were beaten up and taken hostage by the security staff of the bank, said that all involved in this barbaric act would be taken to task.

Talking to media persons following almost two hours meeting with the journalists community leaders led by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Pervaiz Shaukat, the minister said that the attitude of the ZTBL security staff was insulting and two officials including security officer Col (retd) Manzoor and three security guards have been arrested and an FIR has been launched against them.

She said that details about snatched cameras and video tapes would also become part of the FIR and a separate FIR would be registered against the police officials responsible for baton charge over the media persons outside the ZTBL building without the permission of the magistrate, who was taking part in the talks process.