Call for removing Fawad as information minister

Karachi - A protest was staged at a camp at Karachi Press Club against intrusion by law enforcement personnel in the club affairs and arrest of journalist Nasrullah Khan. On Thursday, the protest continued for the sixth consecutive day.

President of the Karachi Press Club Ahmed Malik and Secretary Maqsood Yousufi demanded of Prime Minister Imran Khan to remove Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry from his post.

“How such an important ministry is being given to a person who does not know the importance of freedom of expression and dignity of an institution like Karachi Press Club,” a speaker said while referring to an interview of the minister in which he justified the KPC raid.

The KPC president said that the protest from the journalists has intensified and even the issue is being highlighted at the United Nation’s forum. “We are in touch with other press clubs across the country and are mulling banning his entry into all press clubs of the country,” he said.

He said that despite immense pressure on journalists who are facing removal from jobs and cuts in salaries, they are committed to working for freedom of speech in the country. Secretary Maqsood Yousufi said that Imran Khan is an honorary member of the Karachi Press Club and should take notice of controversial statements from his information minister.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by its Karachi chief Khurram Sher Zaman visited the protest camp and expressed solidarity with the press club office bearers over the issues.

Speaking on the occasion, Karachi Union of Journalist President Faheem Siddiqui said that the current movement has united all the journalists and they would jointly struggle against the difficulties faced by the journalists in future also. “We were united, are united and will remain united,” said Siddiqui.

KUJ Dastoor President Tariq Abul Hasan said that after the movement against KPC raid and Nasrullah Khan’s arrest, they would initiate a movement against forced removal of employees from media houses.

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