PML-N to ensure press freedom: Nawaz Sharif assures journalists body 


Islamabad, Sept 26 (TNS): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated his government commitment to ensure press freedom in the country.

The assurance came from Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with PFUJ President Afzal Butt in Punjab House here on Tuesday.

Senior journalist Afzal Butt visited former prime minister in Punjab house to lodge a formal complain regarding the security guards who thrashed Dunya TV Reporter Aamir Abbasi and 92 News Reporter Shah Khalid at Judicial Complex.

Nawaz directed State Minister Talal Chaudhry to ensure that such incidents never happen again. He also asked Talal to work out a plan in cooperation with all stakeholders for the coverage of NAB proceedings.

He also assured to take action against those who were found involved in this incident. “We believe in freedom of press. We have taken every step in the last four years to ensure freedom of speech”, Nawaz said.

The security guards subjected Abbasi to severe torture due to which he fell unconscious. The security guards also snatched the mobile phones of the journalists.

The incident took place at the Judicial Complex when the former prime minister appeared before the accountability court over three references filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau.

Soon after the incidence, PFUJ President Afzal Butt and RIUJ President Mubarak Zeb Khan visited the Ramna police station in G-11 to submit formal applications with the police station against the manhandling of journalists. Aamir Abbasi and Shah Khalid were also present at the police station.