LAHORE: The arrest of journalists who were covering the May 9 violence challenged in Lahore High Court (LHC), ARY News reported.
According to sources, the President of Lahore Press Club Azam Chaudhary filed the plea through Azhar Siddique. The government of Punjab and IG has been made respondents in the plea.
The plea stated that journalists have the freedom to perform their duties within the jurisdictions of law but journalists are being arrested from their homes for covering May 9 violence.
The plea further stated the court should stop police from arresting journalists and order to release the arrested journalists.
Read more: JITS CONSTITUTED TO PROBE MAY 9 VIOLENCE IN LAHORE
Earlier, the Punjab government constituted 10 joint investigation teams (JITs) to probe the May 9 violence in Lahore, wherein military installations including Lahore Corps Commander’s house — also known as Jinnah House were attacked.
The JITs were constituted to ‘conduct and finalise investigation’ into first information reports (FIRs) registered at Sarwar Road Police Station, Gulberg, Model Town, Shadman, Naseerabad, and Race Course.
Violent clashes broke out across Pakistan after the former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan was arrested from the premises of Islamabad High Court (IHC)
The protests were held in remote and major cities as the party workers are agitated due to their chairman’s arrest, with Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad summoning the armed forces to ensure law and order.
Army installations and Corps Commander’s house in Lahore came under attack during a protest by PTI workers.
It is pertinent to mention here that PTI Chairman Imran Khan was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Al-Qadir Trust case on Tuesday.
The PTI chief was taken into custody by Rangers personnel, who were acting on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) warrant, from the premises of Islamabad High Court where the former premier had gone to seek bail in multiple cases registered against him.