SECP chairman at PIMS: FIA officials injure female reporter covering Hijazi’s protocol

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–Doctors to examine Hijazi’s ‘health condition’

–SECP chairman’s son, relatives attacked journalists

ISLAMABAD: Efforts are afoot to save  Security & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi from arrest, as a five-member medical board has been constituted to examine his health condition. The board was reportedly formed to save Hijazi’s grilling by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The chairman was taken into custody by the FIA soon after the rejection of his bail plea on record tampering charges. However, he was abruptly shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for a medical checkup due to a poor health state.

Talking to Pakistan Today, PIMS VC Javed Akram said that the five-member medical board had been formed to examine his health condition.

He said that, at present, he is in emergency and various tests are being conducted. The SECP chairman has some kind of kidney problem. I will be able to tell about his exact situation after getting reports of the various tests, he said.

He said that decision whether or not he would be admitted will be taken after reviewing Hijazi’s test results.

Meanwhile, an unfortunate incident took place in the PIMS, when the FIA officials resorted to poor behaviour and harassed and assaulted the reporters, who were at the PIMS for coverage.

The FIA officials maltreated a private TV channel reporter, Saba, and tried to snatch mobiles and cameras from her and other journalists, who were there to film the FIA protocol given to the SECP chairman.

The SECP chairman’s son and relatives also attacked media-men, who were trying to protect their female colleague from being maltreated by the FIA.

The female said that FIA Assistant Director Tanvir forced her to delete the video and picture of the SECP chairman’s protocol. She said that the SECP’s son started swearing at the journalists.

Chaudhry Nisar took notice of the unfortunate incident of the FIA rash behaviour and sought a report in this regard.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb also took notice of the incident. She said that the present democratic government fully believes in freedom of expression and considers any attack on media as an attack on itself.

She said that not only women journalists but all working women were respectable citizens and the government acknowledges their services to the field and country.