Khost journalists want colleague freed
KHOSTCITY(PAN): Journalist community in southeastern Khost province on Saturday warned to stop their journalistic activities if their colleague was not freed within next six days by intelligence operatives.
Hameedullah Torabi, who works with a local radio station, Da Olas Ghag, the voice of people, had been arrested by foreign troops along with his brother during an operation five months back. Torabi and his brother were handed over to Afghan intelligence department three days after their arrest.
At that time, NATO's media office in the southeast had said they arrested two men for their ties with the Haqqani terror network. But the alliance had said nothing about their identity.
The journalist union and those associated with the media centre on Saturday told a joint press conference that they would stop their works if Torabi was not released within next six days.
The union president, Amir Baheer, warned to boycott covering government programmes and other activities if their colleague was not released. He said security officials had no right to detain a journalist without any proof for months.
"Hamidullah is innocent and loyal to his country, but he has been detained over the past few months without any trial," Baheer said.
The Olas Ghat radio head, Bismillah Haqmal, said Torabi remained in custody of National Directorate of Security (NDS) over the past five months, but the intelligence service had failed to produce any reason so far for his detention.
"I am cent percent sure that Torabi had no link with any militant group and that he is innocent," he said.
However, the governor, Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, said Torabi would remain behind the bars until his dossier was prepared.
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