Journalist sustains injuries after being attacked

Published: June 19, 2011
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Waqar Kiani claims men dressed in police uniforms beat him when he was stooped at a check post in Islamabad.

Waqar Kiani claims men dressed in police uniforms beat him when he was stooped at a check post in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad based journalist was allegedly assaulted by police personnel in the Sector G/8 area of the capital on Saturday.

Waqar Kiani, working for local and international newspapers, was stopped by the police for security checking while he was driving to his house.

“Four persons wearing police uniforms stopped me near G-8 Markaz and started beating me… I have injuries in the back and on my face. They had come in a police van,” Kiani told Dawn.

The rescue services shifted the injured journalist to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital for treatment.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Inspector General of the Islamabad Police.

Meanwhile, SSP Islamabad Tahir Alam said that initial investigation negates any involvement of police personnel or a vehicle in the incident.

An article published in British newspaper, the Guardian, last week revealed that in 2008 Kiani “was abducted, blindfolded, beaten and burned” when he came to Karachi. Kiani had been reporting on the “alleged cooperation between Pakistani and British intelligence in the detention and abuse of suspected militants.”

Earlier this month, an investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad was found dead after going missing from Islamabad a few days after he wrote an article for Asia Times Online which claimed that militants attacked PNS Mehran after their demand for the release of certain suspects was rejected.

A study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) declared Pakistan the deadliest place for journalists with eight reporters killed this year.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Haris Iqbal
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:38PM

    BOLLOCKS!! its not the police, and cant be the police. he wasn’t stopped at any checkpost but on a road. We now know the game plan. Pay and stage such events on daily basis or atleast once a week serial and take the people away from their security services. That the way the Cookie (Pakistan) crumbles.Recommend

  • Iqra Baig
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Now the journalists are on attack on agencies and paramilitary forces … so take good care of your self to all journalists who have been working in Pakistan Recommend

  • Iqra Baig
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:48PM

    Now the journalists are on attack on agencies and paramilitary forces … so take good care of your self to all journalists who have been working in Pakistan Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Blah Blah Blah!!! Every sector in Islamabad these days have atleast 10-20houses occupied by these american CIA operatives. Its not difficult to get a police uniform and send a few men to beat up a journalist, Eventually the plan is to subject ISI before a thousand noxious scandals and pressure from the very same press that has 40% of its people on foreign payroll serving other power’s interestsRecommend

  • Much amused
    Jun 19, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @Mehreen:
    How silly can you get. You seem to be submerged in the conspiracy mindset. For people like you, it is always a foreign hand. You are unable to grasp the fact that it is home grown Pakistanis that are doing this.Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 5:31PM

    So his plight is highligted in the Guardian a week ago, and again hes roughed up!? How coincidentalRecommend

  • Talat Haque
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Welcome to George Orwell’s world ……….. Kafkaistan !Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:05PM

    @Much amused: Its a few like you and for a fact you dont have the credibility or the power to label somebody’s opinion as conspiracy. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:23PM

    must be british intelligenceRecommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Mehreen, good to see your delusional theories didn’t say that the journalist beat himself. Can you try some new theories. Variety is the spice of life.

    & also, please express some sympathy to the journalists who are losing lives in a record manner. Recommend

  • Faction
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Mehreen is right! I sell real estate in Islamabad and I can tell you that the CIA has been buying some of the nicest homes! Usually split levels with at least 2 and a half baths. No walk out basements, as this would make it more likely for interrogation subjects to successfully escape. Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jun 19, 2011 - 7:24PM

    @Mehreen:

    Blah Blah Blah!!! Every sector in
    Islamabad these days have atleast
    10-20houses occupied by these american
    CIA operatives.

    Really? If you know then how come ISI doesn’t know? If so ISI must be in cahoots with CIA.
    Allegations like yours only expose our own agencies.Recommend

  • Much amused
    Jun 19, 2011 - 7:33PM

    @Mehreen:
    Get real. Even if there are foreign powers behind some off the ills begetting Pakiland, the fact remains that majority of the extra judicial wonton behaviour is perpetrated by Pakistanis.Recommend

  • further amused than much amused
    Jun 19, 2011 - 7:51PM

    @ all conspiracy buffs. It does indeed shock many of us when people like mehreen come up with such fantasies. too many spy novels id say. if our educated believe in such “game plans” and conspiracies what will become of the illiterate? As if the american operatives are sitting there SOLELY to do this… They have nothing else on their hands, no other job, they are paid solely for this. please do not kid yourself and the rest of us. Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 9:16PM

    The most threatened by such brave journalists seem to be the foreign agencies which hire Pakistani goons for the dirty works. In this case, it may be MI5 or MI6; In Saleem’s case it may be either ISI / MI or their patron Saints, the American CIA. The truth is hard to digest. There are certain connections which directly link Taliban / Al-Qaeda to Saudi Arab and American Establishment. That link was being very clearly explained by Saleem Shehzad whereas, as the cited article from Guardian very well explains, Kiani must be eagerly explaining the illegal links between torture groups of MI6 and ISI / MI.

    Let us see which brave journalist is now killed in this country.Recommend

  • kamran
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:43PM

    a kiani dude got beaten up music to my earsRecommend

  • kamran
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:45PM

    and why is this uniformed pokemon wearing a jersey in the june july heat? ur reporting is as outdated as this pictureRecommend

  • Azhar Haleem Raja
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Isn’t it that Media and Journalists are becoming Holy Cows…….Recommend

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