Pakistani journalist working for Iranian news agency beaten up

ISLAMABAD: A 25-year-old journalist — Zeshan Ali, an employee of the Iranian news agency IRNA, was injured after being tortured by two armed men the other day.

Muhammad Raza Monafi, IRNA’s bureau chief in Islamabad, told local media outlet that Ali after covering usual events of Ramazan in Sector G-9 was returning to the agency’s office in Sector G-6 when two men riding a motorcycle intercepted his bike and beat him up.

“The two men, who were in civil dresses, were armed with a pistol and a knife and there was no number plate on their motorbike. They snatched two cameras and other belongings of Mr Ali and also tortured him,” he said.

 Monafi said that Ali was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where medical treatment was provided to him. After being kept under observation for about three hours, he was discharged from the hospital.he incident took place at around 1 pm. “I cannot understand the reason behind the incident because Mr Ali, a Pakistani, is not involved in any illegal activity and he was doing normal coverage of Ramazan activities,” he said.

The incident reportedly took place around 1 pm, stated Monafi adding that the reason for the incident could not be ascertained as Ali was not involved in any illegal activity and was doing a routine coverage of Ramazan activities.

“I will visit the police station on Friday [today] to find out if there is any progress in the investigation of the case,” he said.



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