Faheem Siddiqui

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Under Investigation

Summary of Case

"On 21st Feb, 2021 The central office of the Geo and Jang Media Group was attacked on Sunday by protesters in Karachi. A mob broke a walkthrough gate installed at the entrance of the building as well as the main entrance door to the building. The staff inside the building were also attacked and violently pushed around. According to Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Faheem Siddiqui, protesters attacked the building ""under an elaborate plot"". He said a protest had been announced in advance but ""there were no law enforcement officers present"" and no action was taken against the protesters when they attacked. The protesters were enraged over a video from a Geo News programme on social media, the edited version of which has gone viral, said Siddiqui. ""What you see on social media is not how it was said on the show,"" he said, adding that Geo News had also aired a clarification as well as an apology on the same show. ""What remains to be known is who these protesters are,"" he added. Anchor Irshad Bhatti from television show ""Khabarnaak"" clarified that his show is of comedy and satire and ""Sindh and Sindhis are part of his identity as is any other province."" Managing Director Geo News Azhar Abbas, sharing footage of the damage left in the wake of the attack, wrote: ""Everyone has right to peaceful protest. We will protect and support that right. But doing violence and taking the law into their own hands, regardless of the cause, can’t be tolerated. Dialogue is answer to all issues — not violence."" Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed condemned the attack on Geo News’ building and termed it a ""cowardly act"". Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat and Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and many other politicians also condemned the violence. Pakistan Federal union of journalists (PFUJ), The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND), All Pakistan newspaper Society (APNS) strongly condemned the attack on the Jang Group premises by demonstrators, The FIR was registered under sections 147, 148, 149, 324, 342, 427 and 506-B of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Mithadar police station. Though 150 to 200 attackers were nominated in the FIR, the police arrested 13 of them following registration of an FIR at the Mithadar Police Station on the complaint of Geo News and Jang’s security supervisor. Multiple sections of Anti-Terrorism Act, attempt to murder and damage to property were also included in the FIR. The FIR mentions that the miscreants continued to raise slogans to shut down the channel’s transmission and raised provocative slogans to kill the staff and the management of daily Jang and Geo News. On 19 April, 2021 Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Faheem Siddiqui told PPF that master mind behind the attack is not arrested till date, while the 13 people earlier arrested by Police is on bail now."

Category of Incident

Attack

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0504 -Property damage

ICCS Group: 05043-Damage of business property

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Property damage

Reported By

The News

Date of incident

21

Month

Feb

Year

2021

Name of affected person

N/A

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

Geo News

Other affected organizations

Jang Group

Action by

Protesters

City

Karachi

Province

Sindh

Designation

N/A

Professional category

N/A

Age of victim

Not Applicable

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date compensation paid by others: N/A

FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: Yes

Date of FIR:

FIR Details: N/A

Police station of FIR: N/A

Name of complainant: N/A

Name of accused in FIR: N/A

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: Under Investigation

Court where case was presented: N/A

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Status of court case: N/A

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

N/A

APNS

N/A

CPNE

N/A

PBA

N/A

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

N/A

Employer organization

N/A

Press Club Status

Press club 1: N/A

Press club 2: N/A

Press club 3: N/A