Journalists to observe Black Day on 3rd–>The News

Sunday, November 01, 2009
ISLAMABAD: A joint protest meeting will be held at the National Press Club (NPC), Islamabad on November 3 at 3 pm against the emergency and ban imposed on media two years back and against the proposed restrictions on the electronic media by the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists, the National Press Club and the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).

“November 3 will be observed every year as Black Day, as the military dictator had banned all the TV channels and enforced black laws in the country,” the NPC said in a press release.

The meeting will also discuss and draw course of action against the proposed recommendation to impose restrictions on the media, including ban on live coverage and restrictions on programmes. There is a move to revive the “Musharraf’s black media laws,” it said.

Leaders of the PFUJ, RIUJ, NPC, bar associations, civil society and representative of cross-section of society will address the meeting to pay tribute to the people who resisted. On November 3, 2007 following the promulgation of emergency in the country, the then government enforced the Pemra amended Ordinance, 2007 under which all private TV channels and FM radios were banned.

The journalists community, under the banner of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), had launched a historic 76 days of struggle during which over 200 journalists were detained and cases were registered against the PFUJ and journalists.

In Islamabad, the RIUJ set up a protest camp, which continued for all 76 days outside the Press Club camp office at Melody. “If the government wants to test our nerves again, we are ready to face the democrats,” the NPC said.

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12 May Black Day—>The day to remember the spirits of those who died for the cause of justice in Pakistan


On 12 May 2007 ,Pakistan saw one of the most brutal government sponsored terrorism on the streets of Karachi.

The day on which the Chief Justice of Pakistan (The genuine one not the false one like dogar) Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary arrived in Karachi to address the Karachi Bar but was barred to go along with his lawyers to go outside the Karachi airport.

Outside the airport government set a stage to terrorise the civil society,lawyers,political workers and everyone who wanted to welcome the true CJ of Pakistan by invoking a massacre on the roads and streets of Karachi with the help of then the ruling parties in Sind.

more than 40 people died on that day of terror and brutality.

May Allah bless those souls and bless this country.


May 12 victim vows to ‘sacrifice more’ for CJP Chaudhry


Twenty-seven-year-old Mohammad Kamil spends day and night on a charpoy for the pre-PCO Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, “because he is the only person who could provide justice,” Kamil said. He is wheelchair-bound, and said that if he were able to walk again, he would sacrifice more for the CJP — someone he has never met.

Kamil was attacked by armed men inside a mosque in the Malir Halt near the Ranger’s office on May 12, 2007. He was lying there for around four hours before being taken for treatment. He said around 250 people, including six women, had taken shelter inside the mosque and locked its door.

A worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) said he along with his friend, Ishaq, had arrived there at around 11:30am when several gunmen carrying grenades and G-3 rifle attacked them. “Ishaq was hit on his head and died there instantly,” he said, adding that he ran towards the mosque but he was hit on the back, resulting in critical injuries.

Kamil, a factory worker, is the father of two children. He said he used to earn Rs6,000 (including Rs2,000 as overtime) at the factory. “Now I am penniless,” he said. His son, aged six years, had abandoned studies at school because of lack of fee and he got him admitted in a Madressa.

He remained hospitalised for 22 days and added that the party helped him for treatment by giving him Rs75, 000.

He said now a doctor in Nazimabad demanded over Rs4m for his treatment. Kamil said his uncle approached the doctor as to whether his nephew would be able to walk after treatment. The doctor replied that he could not give guarantee in this regard. “My uncle suggested to me that it would not be advisable for spending a huge amount of money on treatment without any assurance of recovery,” Kamil said, adding that since then he was relying on God to help him. He said the government had not provided him any promised compensation.

Another wounded, Ahmed, 18, recalled that a “blast” had injured him near the Malir Halt. “I was being taken in an ambulance when gunmen attacked it,” he said. They attacked the ambulance driver on the head and he died. “They got hold of us and beat us for four hours,” he said. “When we became unconscious, they left us assuming that we were dead,” Ahmed said. He also complained lack of compensation.

But he said a man, Noor Hussain, who was injured along with him had been given Rs125,000 by the government. —IA