FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
Responsible police constables and SHO were suspended.
Summary of Case
On 28 May, 2021, The Mirpur Mathello Police have tortured journalists, who were allegedly reporting about the police’s private torture cells. Later, the journalists staged a sit-in in front of the SSP office, Ghotki.
Reports said the police allegedly tortured the journalists, identified as Latif Veesar reporter of Awaz TV, Barkat Mirani reporter of Times News and Khalid Veesar cameraman of Awaz TV from Mirpur Mathello, when they were trying to report the private torture cells operated by the Ghotki Police.
The victims alleged that a police party tortured and left them at an abandoned place in injured condition.
Later, the injured journalists were shifted to DHQ Hospital Mirpur Mathello for medical assistance. Meanwhile, the journalists staged a sit-in in front of the SSP Ghotki office, in support of their colleagues against the police’s brutal torture.
SSP Ghotki Umar Tufail negotiated with the protesters and arrested the policeman who allegedly tortured the journalists. He also suspended the SHO Khalid Memon. The journalists finally ended their protest after an assurance by SSP Ghotki to probe the incident.
Barkat Mirani told PPF that we three journalists including me, reporter of Awaz TV Latif Veesar and cameraman of Awaz TV Khalid Veesar went to baraf Kharkhana road for the coverage of private torture cell made by police where police use to imprison the culprits and beat them badly.
When the journalists made footages for report, police constables assaulted journalists badly, the officials also took mobile phones of journalists and deleted the videos from cellphones, Barkat told PPf.
Barkar further added that the officials left him and took other journalists Latif Veesar and his cameraman Khalid Veesar with them. They beat Latif Veesar badly and after beating him they left him Mirpur Mathello National Shahrah from where fellow journalists took them to hospital.
DIG Fida Mastoi suspended the constables involved in the incident as well as asked SHO Khalid Memon to report in central Police office Karachi but still police is not filing FIR regarding the case, Barkat added.
Latif Veesar told PPF that they were reporting the private torture cell of police when police beat us badly beat me. They protested outside the SP office to get the justice and for the fair inquiry of the case.
Editor of Times News Mr. Ali Qazi & Director News of Awaz TV Mr. Abdul Razzak told PPF that we strongly condemn the incident.
President of Mirpur Mathello Press Club Saqib Gadhani & General Secretary of Sukkur Press Club Shail Jogi told PPF that journalist were on the line of duty when they were attacked by police as they were covering the illegal and private torture cell made by Mirpur Mathello Police.
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0201- Assaults and threats
ICCS Group: 02011- Assault
ICCS Class: 020111- Serious assault
ICCS Crime: Assaults and threats
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Other affected persons
Latif Veesar, Khalid Veesar
Name of affected organization
Other affected organizations
Age of victim
Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announcement by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation paid by government: No compensation announced
Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date compensation paid by others: No compensation announced
Was FIR registered ?: No
Was case investigated ?: FIR was not registered
Court where case was presented: Case was not presented in any court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Case was not presented in any court
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Status of court case: Case was not presented in any court
Journalist Union Status
Media Source Status
Colleague of victim
Latif Veesar, colleague of Barkat told PPF that they were reporting the private torture cell of police when police beat us badly beat me. They protested outside the SP office to get the justice and for the fair inquiry of the case.
Editor of Times News Mr. Ali Qazi & Director News of Awaz TV Mr. Abdul Razzak strongly condemn the incident.
Press Club Status
Press club 1: President of Mirpur Mathello Press Club Saqib Gadhani & General Secretary of Sukkur Press Club Shail Jogi told PPF that journalist were on the line of duty when they were attacked by police as they were covering the illegal and private torture cell made by Mirpur Mathello Police.
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