Senior journalist and political analyst Ayaz Amir was attacked by unidentified men in Lahore on Friday night, a day after he dubbed Pakistan’s army generals as “asset dealers”.
Aamir (73) was returning home after his TV program on Duniya News was intercepted by unidentified persons. He claimed that he was dragged out of the car and beaten up.
With bruises on his face, Amir alleged that the masked men not only “hit him and tore his clothes, they also snatched his cellphone and wallet. When people started gathering on the busy street, they left”.
During a speech at a seminar on ‘Regime Change and its Consequences on Pakistan’ in Islamabad on Thursday, Amir hit out at the powerful military establishment for its role in Pakistan’s politics. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan also attended the seminar.
He referred to army generals as “property dealers” and even suggested removing the portraits of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal and replacing them with “property dealers”.
In an indirect reference to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Amir said he was in the sixth year of his tenure and was looking for another extension.
Excerpts from Aamir’s speech have gone viral on social media.
He also pointed out the mistakes committed by Imran Khan during his tenure as the Prime Minister of the country, especially along the lines of the military establishment.
Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz has sought a report from the Inspector General of Police on the attack on a senior journalist and ordered the arrest of the culprits at the earliest.
Responding to the incident, Imran Khan tweeted, “I strongly condemn the violence against senior journalist Ayaz Amir in Lahore today. Pakistan is descending into the worst kind of fascism and has been decimated by journalists, opposition politicians and civilians.” Violence against and registering fake FIRs. When the state loses all moral rights it resorts to violence.” Journalists, lawyer bodies and rights activists condemned the attack.
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