Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Radio Booster blown up in Pakistan

Sialkot (Pakistan), March 21, 2006: Pakistan Press Club (PPC) today condemned the attack on radio station in Pakistan. A radio booster was blown up in this South Waziristan Agency headquarters town on Sunday night March 19. Officials said the explosion, which took place at about 1:30am, had destroyed the aerial transmission unit and antenna of the radio station.The radio station had suspended its broadcasts after the explosion, AFP quoted senior producer Humayun Khan as saying.The government had installed the low frequency radio station in Wana in July 2004, which regularly broadcast programmes in Pashtu language.The radio station was installed to counter the propaganda of the militants and educate local people about development schemes in the area near Afghan border.The radio booster had come under attack soon after its installation in 2004. Militants blow up radio tower in Pakistani tribal town.

ISLAMABAD March 21, 2006: The journalists covering Senate proceedings on Monday March 20 staged a walkout at the upper house to protest, what was termed as, administrative harassment of a fellow journalist working in Karachi.The government later assured the mediapersons that it would launch an inquiry into the matter and take action if necessary.The protesting journalists informed the deputy chairman Senate, Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Raza Hayat Harraj, who visited the press gallery that their colleague Rashid Channa, a reporter in Star Karachi, had been receiving threats for last few days and his house was also burgled last week.The journalists demanded that the government should investigate the matter and take suitable action against those harassing their colleague.They also raised the issue of some 20 local journalists who were taken to Basha dam site by some northern areas officials, arrested, and then left stranded in Mansehra.Mr Harraj said the interior minister had been informed about the case of Karachi journalist, while the matter pertaining to northern areas would be conveyed to Kashmir Affairs Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat for necessary action.