According to Baaghi TV’s reports, the armed guard of former Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Qasim Suri, has beaten journalists in a cattle market in Rawalpindi last night, damaging their vehicle.
A private TV GNN reporter was severely punished and slapped for attempting to ask a question. An application was registered against Qasim Suri and journalistic organisations have protested against this disrespect.
The National Press Club has strongly condemned what it called a reprehensible act, adding that such incidents must not be tolerated under any circumstances and that the government has failed to protect journalists. It further added that the damage should be repaired and such incidents should be prevented.
Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) has also asked the government to take notice and register a case.
Furthermore, Journalist Matiullah Jan said, in condemnation of the act, that Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri should apologise to the journalist.
Qasim Khan Suri’s disqualification case is also pending in the Supreme Court. This man was elected as a member of the Assembly by NA-265 and when the election tribunal, led by Justice Abdullah Baloch, had ordered re-election in NA-265, Qasim Suri challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. This was followed by a stay order issued by the Supreme Court issued a stay order and no hearing has been held as yet.
After Imran Khan’s government was replaced, Qasim Suri and other PTI social media activists started criticising national security agencies on. Qasim Suri questioned in a tweet how it was possible that India’s supersonic cruise missile ‘Brahmos’ escaped from the Pakistani radar in Pakistan’s own territory. An effective answer to this question has not been found yet.
The public had also condemned the actions of Qasim Suris guards, wondering why the freedom of expression claimants are now failing to provide answers for their own corruption, for Farah Gogi’s actions, and for the Tousha Khana clocks scandals.
Qasim Suri himself remained a member of the Assembly on a whim and, as he did not do any development work after being elected, the people are unsatisfied with him.
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