Pakistan: Critical media in the eyes of Imran Khan government, Asma Shiraji on target after Hamid Mir

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There are allegations against Pakistan that journalism is being cracked down in the country. Journalist and political commentator Asma Shiraji is also on target after famous journalist Hamid Mir was taken off-air. Hamid Mir made remarks against the country’s army, after which action was taken against him. In fact, journalist Asad Toor, a critic of the army, was attacked by unknown assailants, after which Hamid Mir questioned the army.

‘Family threatened’
Giving information about this, Mir, who hosted ‘Capital Talk’ on Jio TV for nearly 20 years, had said that he was anticipating the possibility of a ban. He told that he has been banned twice in the past, has lost his job twice, has been attacked many times but ‘cannot stop raising his voice for the rights given in the constitution’. He has told that this time he will go to any extent because ‘they (Army and ISI) are threatening my family’.

have faced many times
After Mir’s remarks, several complaints were filed against him and ‘Faisla Aapka’ current affairs talk show host Shiraji on Aaj News in two days. Shiraji, who is a victim of the attacks, has tweeted, ‘Faced many times threats and pressure. Musharraf, who was banned in 2007, has threatened treason and has faced coercive tactics. Truth has a price. Shiraji has already faced action in the Nawaz Sharif government as well.

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‘If the violence doesn’t stop…’
Shiraji and Mir also accused the government of being responsible for attacking and suppressing the voices of journalists. “We (journalists) will start naming people we don’t even know, if the violence against the media continues,” Shirazi said during protests against Assad’s attack. At the same time, 147 women journalists opposed the removal of Hamid Mir and demanded the government to remove the pressure on the journalists. Support was also expressed with Shiraji by issuing a statement.

[Attribution to NBT]

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