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Assaults on Pakistani Journalists: Raza Syed & Adnan Khan Condemned

London (PR) “We strongly condemn the assault on two senior journalists Raza Syed Chief Editor  Awaaz  and Adnan Khan (TV Journalist) by the criminal elements at an event arranged the overseas Pakistani Solidarity on (29/05/2013,Wednesday) at venue in east London”, said a large group of senior journalists at an emergency meeting in London.It was agreed at the special meeting.
1)      a delegation of journalists will be meeting with Chief of Metropolitan Police and other UK authorities
2)      A meeting of the community leaders will be called within a week
3)      A delegation of journalist will meet the UKPCCI (UK Pakistan Chambers of Commerce)
4)      National Union of Journalists, and Amnesty international will be informed
5)      US embassy in the London will be contacted to inform about the criminals as they have reportedly fled from the US due involvement in criminal activities, fraud and money laundering
6)      Meeting was informed that Pakistan Journalists Association UK and  Pakistan Press Club UK  have condemned the incident.Following Journalist and human rights organizations as well as authorities have already been informed:
1)      Metropolitan Police Scotland Yard – Press office
2)      National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
3)      CPJ Committee to Protect Journalists (New York)4)      RSF (Reporters San Frontiers (Paris)5)      Amnesty International UK6)      Human Rights Watch

7)      RSF Pakistan

More than a dozen assailants ,dragged Mr Raza Syed out of the car and seriously assaulted him after which Mr Syed lost consciousness. Mr Adnan Khan who was driving was also as saulted first in his car and then after outside. They took his car keys.  Than they threw Mr Raza Syed in the car and said to Mr Adnan Khan “get out of here before we burn you two with the car”. Mr Khan drove outside the premises  allegedly owned by the assailants, called the police and ambulance. Police and ambulance arrived at the scene and Raza Syed was taken to the hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.  He was kept under observation in hospital for several hours.

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It is reported that the alleged assailants have been involved the criminal activities in the US before moving to the United Kingdom where they continued their criminal activities / operations. London metropolitan police have been informed about their activities.

While condemning the incident journalists showed solidarity to Mr Raza Syed and Adnan Khan. They also agreed to continue exposing the criminals and criminal activities of the mafia in the Pakistani community

which bring shame and dishonour to law abiding Pakistanis living in the UK. It was agreed that a close contact with the police be made to deal with these so called honourable who have history of frauds and

criminality. Earlier on senior journalist Mr Farooq Shah was also allegedly assaulted and abused by Dr Ashraf Chohan former MPA of
Punjab Assembly.

A resolution was passed by the journalists condemning the attacks on Pakistani journalists and arrest of the criminals.

Journalists who voted in favor the condemning resolution:
 
Mr. Khadam Hussain Nasir (Daily Masawt)
Mr Azhar Javeed (Dunya TV)
Mr Ahmad Ali Syed (ARY News)
Mr Mobeen Chaudhry (Editor Kashmir Link)
Dr Shahid Qureshi  ( London Post /
LBC Radio/ Press TV/BBC )
Mr Adnan Khan(TV Anchor,Venus TV)
Mr Raza Syed(Chief Editor Awaaz)
Mr Atta Ul Haq(Chief Editor UK Times)
Mr.Raja Faryad (Editor Ausaf)
Mr. Tariq Choudhary (Urdu Times)
Mr.Farooq Shah (TV Reporter)
Mr.Akber Pervaiz (Editor “The Write”)
Mr. Inam Sehgal
Mrs. Sara Sheikh
Mr Musa Hamid (Photo Journalist)

Dr Akthar Gulfam (Nawa-e-Waqat – London)

Asad Ali (Correspondent Khabrain Pakistan)

Mr.Saqlain Imam (BBC), Mr Safdar Hamadani, Chief Editor  Alami Akhbar and Chairman Pak Euro Journalist, Mr Tahir Chaudhry Editor of the Urdu Times, Mr. Tauseaf Mumtaz (Correspondent Ummat ) Mr Wajahat Ali Khan Daily Khabrian, Shahid Khan Chief Editor  & Senior journalist  and respected member of business community Dr Ashfaq Memon  also condemn the incident.Moreover, the journalist community has decided that a large community meeting will be called by next week.

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