Pak journalist freed from Afghanistan arrives homeSeptember 28, 2014
KARACHI: PFUJ delegation comprising President Rana M Azeem, Secretary finance Raja Riaz and Assistant Secretary General Ziaul Haq and President TUJ Sher Khan Afridi warmly received ARY News reporter Faizullah Khan at Torkham, Pak-Afghan border on Monday.
An Afghan representative handed over Khan to Pakistan’s political agent Shahab Shah at the border. Besides PFUJ delegation wife and children of Khan were also present on the occasion. He was garlanded and welcomed with rose petals.
Talking on the occasion, Khan thanked foreign office of Pakistan, IFJ, PFUJ and other local and international organizations for raising voice over his detention and vowed to continue his journalistic activities to unearth the truth. He also thanked Afghan government for making arrangements to release him.
The journalist was arrested in Afghanistan in April 2014 and was convicted by a court in Kabul under the charges of for crossing over the country’s border without required papers.
Faizullah maintained that he had mistakenly crossed the border, and pleaded that he may be released as he was innocent. The journalists community in Pakistan, especially the leadership of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, had made continuous efforts to seek his release during the tenure of his detention. Pakistan’s foreign office played its positive role to make his release possible.
Talking on the occasion, PFUJ leaders warmly welcomed Faizullah and said that they would continue their efforts in favour of journalists and help them whenever required.
Rana Azeem thanked IFJ, Pakistan’s foreign office and other journalist organizations raising voice and making efforts to get Faizullah free. Raja Riaz said that the PFUJ was busy in making all pout efforts to get the detained journalist free. They mobilized IFJ and other bodies while wrote letters to the Prime Minister and other offices in this connection.
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