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Gohar Siyal was arrested on March 18 and he was released after 24 hours.
Summary of Case
"The Islamabad police arrested Gohar Siyal during Imran Khan’s hearing in the judicial complex.Gohar Siyal is not affiliated with any organisation and is not a member of the Islamabad press club and Rawalpindi Islamabad journalists’ union. Gohar Siyal told PPF that the Islamabad police officials arrested him for showing them a different press card when he reached the Judicial complex to cover Imran Khan’s court hearing. “They arrested me on March 18, 2023, around 10:30 to 11:00 AM; when we were there, we saw police had arrested the bureau chief of Ikhtilaf News “Bilal Chaudhry”, and after him, they arrested me; next day, they sent me Adiala jail, and after seven days they released me” Siyal added. “This is my right to speak and cover according to the freedom of speech act journalists are independent to speak”, Siyal added. Imran Riaz Khan, Bol News and others condemned the arrest. Speaking to PPF Abid Abassi, president of Rawalpindi Islamabad union of journalists, Gohar was arrested along with several PTI workers, and Islamabad police had arrested Gohar mistakenly they thought Gohar was also a social media member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's social media team, as he was there for the coverage of Imran Khan’s hearing. “Police have released him after seven days, which was not fair, and the union had already decided to meet and ask the police about Gohar’s arrest, “Abbasi said. FIR was registered under sections 395/380/440/435/506/427/148/149/186/353."
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0803-Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression
ICCS Group: 08039-Other acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression
ICCS Class: N/A
ICCS Crime: Acts against liberty
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Other affected persons
Not other person affected
Name of affected organization
No organization was affected.
Other affected organizations
No other organization was affected
Islamabad police officials.
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 ?: Yes
Date of FIR: 18/03/2023
FIR Details: FIR number 3/2023.
Police station of FIR: Police station CTD
Name of complainant: Station House Officer Malik Rasheed Ahmed.
Name of accused in FIR: Gohar Siyal and 20 others.
Was case investigated ?: No
Court where case was presented: Case is not in any court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Case is not in any court
Date of first court hearing:
Date of last court hearing:
Status of court case: Case is not in any court
Journalist Union Status
Speaking to PPF Abid Abassi, president of Rawalpindi Islamabad union of journalists, Gohar was arrested along with several PTI workers, and Islamabad police had arrested Gohar mistakenly they thought Gohar was also a social media member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's social media team, as he was there for the coverage of Imran Khan’s hearing.
Media Source Status
Colleague of victim
Not required to contact
Not required to contact
Press Club Status
Press club 1: Not required to contact
Press club 2: N/A
Press club 3: N/A