Shaukat Korai, court reporter of News One TV channel was assaulted in the premises of Sindh High Court (SHC) by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officers in Karachi on April 27.
Korai told Pakistan Press Foundation that he was present in the court for his routine coverage, when CTD officers brought few suspects to Anti-Terrorism Court’s administrative judge Justice Abdul Malik Gadhi.
The journalist started making footage of those suspects whose heads were covered with a black veil. One of the CTD officer came to him and asked the journalist to delete the footage and said you are not allowed to make this footage.
The journalist than replied to the officer that High Court has given us permission to cover the happenings in the premises. The journalist was than surrounded by some other CTD officers, who snatched his cell phone and tried to take journalist to the station. The journalist’s clothes were also torn off by the officers.
The journalist has submitted an application regarding the incident to the SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh, who has called the DIG CTD, Abdullah Shaikh and the officers to report on the incident.
G.M. Jamali, the President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed deep concern over the violent attack on Korai and urged the authorities to immediately investigate the matter.
The Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) President Hasan Abbas and General Secretary Aajiz Jamali urged the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and Inspector General of Police, Sindh Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam to immediately hold the officers responsible behind attacking journalist.