The police on Wednesday arrested a reporter who had arrived at Islamabad Excessive Court docket to cowl a listening to of an enchantment filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz towards her conviction within the Avenfield Home reference.

Ehtisham Kiyani, a reporter for Channel 24, was arrested by police officers deployed for safety and was shifted to Ramna police station.

In line with experiences, he was stopped at a police checkpoint outdoors the court docket the place he launched himself however was detained by officers. After arresting him, police claimed that Kiyani was carrying weapons.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah took discover of the incident and summoned high-ranking officers of the capital police and ordered Kiyani’s speedy launch. The reporter was launched quickly after and Superintendent of Police Sarfaraz Virk mentioned that no weapons had been recovered from Kiyani, including {that a} personal TV channel had reported “faux information”.

Talking to reporters after his launch, Kiyani mentioned that he was falsely accused of bearing weapons. He added that he was detained by police for over an hour, throughout which he was “tortured” and “harassed”.

“I used to be mistreated by SP Zubair Sheikh,” he mentioned. Kiyani additional mentioned that police took away his cell phone and pockets. Regardless of a number of requests, he was not allowed to contact his household or his workplace colleagues, Kiyani informed reporters.

He mentioned that police’s angle with journalists was “insulting” and demanded Islamabad’s inspector common to take discover of the remedy meted out to media personnel by legislation enforcement officers.

The journalist’s arrest was additionally condemned by PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, who termed the incident “condemnable, regrettable and shameful”.

“Stopping the media from performing its skilled duties is unconstitutional and towards media freedom,” she mentioned whereas talking to reporters outdoors the court docket.

“Chosen authorities’s fascism and dictatorship is trampling upon the Structure, legislation, democracy and civilian’s freedom,” she added and demanded that these accountable for “torturing media” personnel ought to face authorized motion.