Mehrab Shah Afridi

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

The case is under investigation

Summary of Case

"On Feb 29, 20, Mehrab Shah Afridi, reporter of Tribal News Network (TNN), received threatening phone calls by an unknown man for sharing his news reports on social media in his hometown, Landi Kotal, a tribal area of Pakistan. According to reports, Mehrab covered a sit-in where Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and Member of National Assembly (MNA) Muhammad Ali Wazir spoke to people who had gathered to protest against the killing of a resident of Landi Kotal. As soon as he uploaded the video of the speech of Wazir on the social media, he received the first phone call from Malaysia, warning him of dire consequences. Talking to PPF, Afridi stated that he received five calls from (0060187907124) number, asking why he uploaded Wazir’s video on social media. “I also received death threats,” they use abusive language with me he added. He registered the First Information Report (FIR) at Landi Kotal Police Station against the unknown caller. Station House Officer (SHO) at Landi Kotal Police Station Amjad Khan said that we found the Malaysian phone number from which the calls were received and has been sent to Peshawar to trace the caller. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) and member of Landikotal Press Club Mr. Ibrahim Shinwari and Khber Union of Journalist (KUJ) strongly condenm the incident. Former Vice President of (PFUJ) Lala Asad Pathan requested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to track down the caller and deal with him for making threatening phone calls to Afridi and condemn the incident. Mr. Ayaz Head Morer of Landi Kotal Police Station told PPF on Apr,28, 20 that we traced that the calls were coming from Malaysia but couldn’t investigate further that from whom, why the person is giving threats to Mehrab as we don’t have resources to do so, for this further investigation Mehrab needs to contact FIA. On Apr, 28,20 Mehrab Shah Afridi while talking to PPF told that he went to the police station fifteen days before but couldn’t get any satisfactory response as they said the case is under investigation. On Apr 17, 21 Head Mohrar of Landikotal Police Station Mr. Ayaz khan told PPF that the case is still under investigation in Landikotal Police Station. "

Category of Incident

Threats

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0201-Assault and Threats

ICCS Group: 02012-Threat

ICCS Class: 020121-Serious Threat

ICCS Crime: Serious Threat

Reported By

Lead Pakistan. TNN

Date of incident

29

Month

February

Year

2020

Name of affected person

Mehrab Shah Afridi

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

TNN

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Unidentified Persons

City

Landi kotal

Province

K.P

Designation

Reporter

Professional category

Journalist

Age of victim

27

Marital Status

Married

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced

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

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: 29-Feb-20

Police station of FIR: Landikotal Police Station

Name of complainant: Mehrab Afiridi

Name of accused in FIR: Unidentified Persons

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: Under investigation

Court where case was presented: Case not presented in court

Name of prosecuting lawyer: Case not presented in court

Date of first court hearing:

Date of last court hearing:

Status of court case: Case not presented in court

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) Vice President Lala Asad Pathan requested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to track down the caller and deal with him for making threatening phone calls to Afridi.

APNS

Not required to comtact

CPNE

Not required to comtact

PBA

Not required to comtact

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

Mohd Farhad Shinwari, correspondant condemned the act and said that it wasn’t media attack, may be it is personal, because there are others reporters, who cover PTM leader but no one from them recived threats yet.

Employer organization

TNN Editor Saeed Nazeer, Daily Ummat Editor Sajjad Abbasi, also condemned the act and highlight the story of Mehrab for Justice.

Press Club Status

Press club 1: "Landi Kotal Press Club member Ibrahim Shinwari said that Afridi’s case must be resolved as the earliest and he should be given protection. "

Press club 2: Not required to comtact

Press club 3: Not required to comtact