Update: May 26, 2021 11:14 AM STI
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Human Rights Commission (HRCP) on Wednesday condemned the brutal attack on journalist Asad Ali Toor.
“The HRCP strongly condemns the brutal assault of journalist @ AsadAToor by three strangers who broke into his residence. We see this as yet another attack on freedom of expression and freedom of the press. The HRCP demands that the authorities apprehend and charge the attackers immediately, ”The Pakistani Human Rights Commission said in a tweet.
Asad Ali Toor, known for criticizing the country’s establishment, was attacked Tuesday evening in the Pakistani capital.
The assailants broke into his home and attacked him, SAMAA Digital reported citing his friend and reporter Asad Malik. “He was brutally beaten and we are taking him to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences,” he added.
Toor’s fellow journalists across the country condemned the attack. “Condemn the attack on journalist @AsadAToor at his home in Islamabad, worried for his safety #IStandWithAsadToor #JournalismIsNotACrime,” journalist Mubashir Zaidi tweeted.
Another senior Pakistani journalist, Ambar Rahim Shamsi, said Toor was “seriously injured” in the attack.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz also expressed concern, saying, “OMG! It’s shocking! May Allah protect him. I hope he is. out of danger.”
According to the Freedom Network’s State of Press Freedom 2021 annual report, Pakistan has become the riskiest place to practice journalism.
In December of last year, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), in a “White Paper on Global Journalism”, listed five countries, including Pakistan, among “the most dangerous countries for the practice of journalism in the world. the world”. No less than 138 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1990. (ANI)