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Journalists seek apology from Imran

Local journalists on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against PTI chief Imran Khan and gave him a deadline of one week for tendering an apology to a journalist. Imran Khan during a press conference in Peshawar had harshly rebuked a journalist when he asked a question about his divorce to his second wife Reham Khan.

Protesting journalists led by president, Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) Nisar were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands and chanting full throated slogans of "Go Imran Go, We Want Freedom, Restrictions on Media are unacceptable" on busy Sher Shah Suri Road where the demonstration turned into a public meeting. Addressing the protesters, the president KhUJ said that asking of questions was the right of a journalist, adding politicians are public figures and people wanted to know about them. He said the question asked to Imran Khan was under ambit of journalistic norm, but the reply of PTI chief was very indecent, and inappropriate that hurt sentiments of journalists' community not only in the KP, but also in the entire country.

He said If Imran Khan had any reservations over the content of the question, he could refuse to answer. This was a token protest demonstration and if PTI chief did not tender an apology within a week, the journalists' community would stage a peaceful protest in front of CM KP house and later the protest would be extended to the entire province and country," he warned. He also condemned the killing of tribal journalist Zaman Mehsud in Tank district and demanded of the government to immediately arrest the culprits involved in it.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2015