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Friday, 17 June 2011

More terrorism against journalists,

MULTAN: The coach of the Multan Cricket Club died Wednesday evening after a stone hit him during an attack on the Multan Press Club by students of the Veterinary Sciences Department of Bahauddin Zakariya University. Seven journalists were injured in the attack and the club building and several cars of journalists were also damaged.

According to family sources, the deceased Jahangir Moon (60), a coach of the Multan Cricket Club, was present at the press club when students attacked the club during a protest staged against the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC). The brother of the victim, Khizer Aalam, alleged that Moon’s death was caused by a head injury.
Earlier, Cantt police arrested 36 students involved in the attack on the press club including Aamir Rafique, Muhammad Nasir Tayyab Iqbal, Muhammad Suhail, Rashid Ali, Hasnan, Ali Hasnan, 
Ashraf, Faisal, Muhammad Waqas, Sabir and others.
 According to journalists, a number of students reached the local press club and started protesting against PVMC, alleging that the council has not yet accredited their courses even after the passage of five years. After the conclusion of the protest, they blocked traffic and did not pay heed to appeals to end the blockage.

A photographer of daily Pakistan Shahzad Anwar, who is also the Vice President of the local press club, also pleaded before the protestors, which angered them and led them to manhandle him. Meanwhile, the other students pelted journalists with stones and damaged the windowpanes of the press club building. They also damaged five cars including MLD-2182, MNZ-7155, MNA-2223, IDH-6848, and MN-950.

Among those who were rushed to the Nishtar hospital by a Rescue 1122 ambulance were seven media persons including a photographer Ayaz Ali Sheikh, cameraperson Iqrar, reporter Zafar Iqbal, chief photographer Zafarul Islam, cameraperson Suhail Qureshi, cameraperson Tariq Nazir Chaudhry, and photographer Shahzad Anwar, Ayaz Ali Sheikh and Iqrar. Others including photographer Qasim Ghauri and a disabled person Babu who runs a tea stall inside the press club also received minor bruises.

Journalists swiftly conveyed information about the protest to the police, but only two policemen arrived at the scene. They returned after noticing the large number of protestors pelting stones at the press club. Later, SHO cantonment Rizwan and SSP Operations Malik Yousuf reached the spot and gathered information about the incident.

The resident officer of the university, when contacted, reportedly informed the media that the students had forcibly occupied two university buses and used them to reach the press club to stage a protest demonstration against PVMC. President press club Shakeel Anjum and General Secretary Nisar Awan condemned the incident and urged the police to register FIRs and take action against the students involved in the incident.

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