Lawyers condemn police torture of journalist

LAHORE: Lawyers’ bodies on Tuesday condemned the torture of a reporter by police officers, while appreciating the Gulberg SP for taking swift action and suspending officers responsible.

On Monday, three police constables Riaz Ahmed, Hafiz Manzoor and Samiullah violently beat up and humiliated Adnan Lodhi, staff reporter for Daily Times. When informed of the incident, SP Rai Ijaz Ahmed ordered the ASP to inquire into the matter, and suspended the offending officers.

The SCBA, in a statement, strongly condemned the incident. SCBA Media Adviser Muhammad Azhar Siddiqui said that the SCBA stood with the media and was ready to take up the matter before any forum.

LHCBA Secretary Rana Asadullah Khan, in a statement on Tuesday, said there was a need to soften the police’s image. The PLF and LBA also condemned the incident.

Staff report

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  1. Police check points was not a common sights on Nigeria Highways until 1970s when check points where mounted to curb the activities of raising crime rates in the country.Today, these check points have been turned to violation of human rights and exhortation points making motorist especially commercial vehicles targets, those who refuse to part with money are threatened with arrest or detention while in some case lives are lost in the process, as with this case: “ in 1981, Dele Udoh, a popular Nigerian athlete based in the United States who was home to represent Nigeria at a tournament, was shot dead in policemen in Lagos, following an argument at a police check point”.

    The above is an extract from Blessing Ocholi essay “Liberty to the Less Privileged”. This essay was ranked among the top ten essay in Human Rights Defence’s Essay competition 2008. If you would like to read more, visit:

    Yours sincerely,

    Tomas Eric Nordlander


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