Senior journalist and political analyst Ayaz Amir was assaulted by unidentified males in Lahore on Friday evening, a day after he termed Pakistan’s Army generals “property dealers”.
Amir (73) was returning residence after his TV program on Dunya News was intercepted by unidentified males. He claimed that he was dragged out of the automobile and thrashed.
With bruises on his face, Amir alleged that the masked males not solely “hit him and tore his clothes, they also took away his cellphone and wallet. They left when people started gathering on the busy road”.
On Thursday, throughout a speech at a seminar in Islamabad on the ‘Regime Change and its Fallout on Pakistan’, Amir focused the highly effective navy institution for its function in Pakistan’s politics. The seminar was additionally attended by former prime minister Imran Khan.
He referred to the Army generals as “property dealers” and even recommended eradicating the portraits of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal and changing them with the “property dealers”.
In an oblique reference to Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Amir stated he was into his sixth yr of tenure and on the lookout for one other extension.
Parts of Amir’s speech have gone viral on social media.
He additionally identified the errors dedicated by Imran Khan throughout his tenure because the nation’s prime minister particularly following the traces of the navy institution.
Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz has sought a report from the Inspector General of Police over the assault of the senior journalist and ordered that the culprits be arrested on the earliest.
Reacting to the incident, Imran Khan tweeted, “I condemned in strongest terms the violence against senior journalist Ayaz Amir today in Lahore. Pakistan descending into the worst kind of fascism with violence and fake FIRs against journalists, opposition politicians, and citizens. When the The state loses all moral authority it resorts to violence.” Journalists, lawyer our bodies and rights activists condemned the assault.
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