Ihtesham Kiyani

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Case Update Status

Case Closed as no FIR was filed regarding the case that was a misubderstanding that police arrested the journalist and later released him on court orders. Police officials came and apologize to the journalist.

Summary of Case

"On Sep 23, 2020, Islamabad Police arrested Ihtesham Kiyani, a senior journalist with 24 News Television, in a fake case as he arrived at the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Police took the journalist to Ramna Station but following court orders, released him.

Kiyani was at the IHC to cover a case involving PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt. (Retd) Safdar.

Police told journalists that Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah had ordered Kiyani’s arrest. However, the Chief Justice said he had issued no such order and asked police to free the reporter.

Journalists of Islamabad Lahore, Multan, Mianwali, Toba Tek Singh and other cities condemned the arrest and stages protests, expressed solidarity with him. They termed it a cruel and unreasonable act and demanded that Minister Imran Khan and Interior Minister Ijaz Shah take notice of the incident.

Hamid Mir denounced the arrest of Ihtesham Kiyani, saying where there is no press freedom there is nothing.

In his reaction, PFUJ Secretary General Rana Azeem said the government wanted to turn every channel into PTV (Pakistan Television). Afzal Butt said they will not allow anyone to hurt media. “We will face the ‘dirty tactics’,” he added.

In conversation with PPF Ihtesham Kiyani said that He was at the IHC to cover a case involving PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt. (Retd) Safdar. No one was allowed their except the reporters of High Court beat. Police misunderstand me and arrested me. Police released me when Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Justice Athar Minallah ordered. Later on police officials came and apologized to me. No FIR was filed regarding the case."

Category of Incident


ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0202-Acts against liberty

ICCS Group: 02022-Deprivation of liberty

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Acts against liberty

Reported By

Journalism Pakistan

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Name of affected person

Ihtesham Kiyani

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No other person affected

Name of affected organization

24 News

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Age of victim

29 Years

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Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced

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FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: No FIR registered

Court where case was presented: No case registered

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Status of court case: No case registered

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