Balkh MP’s guards beat, threaten to death journalist
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The head of Tolo Farda weekly on Tuesday accused bodyguards of a lawmaker from northern Balkh province, Abbas Ibrahimzada, of beating him and threatening him to death.
But Ibrahimzada called it “a political plot” against him and said manger of the weekly, Amir Mohamamd Ihsas, was not a journalist who used abusive language regarding him, the president and the acting governor of Balkh on his Facebook page.
Ibrahimzada is also a famous trader and owns a private university in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
Ihsas is a political science student at a private university in Mazar-i-Sharif and is also manager of the Tolo Farda weekly.
Ihsas was beaten and threatened to death after he liked a Facebook status posted by one of his friends regarding Rahnaward University that belongs to the lawmaker.
He was taken out of his class at Ibn-i-Sina University and brought to Ibrahimzada’s residence where he was insulted, beaten and kept for two hours, Ihsas told a press conference here.
“After leaving Ibrahimzada’s house, his four men with their faces covered with masks pulled me off the vehicle and beat me,” he said, while demanding compensation.
Ibrahimzada said he did not know Ihsas as a journalist, but as a person involved in a political conspiracy against him. The lawmaker said he was trying to disclose disloyal people in society.
The MP said he also took screenshot of Ihsas’s posts in which he used abusive language for President Ashraf Ghani and Balkh acting governor Ata Mohammad Noor and also about the MP.
“There are some groups who intend to unleash political terrorism and it is one of the plots against me, in which the poor man has been involved,” he said.
He said he invited Ihsas to his home and advised him not to involve himself in such plots hatched by others.
Although Ihsas said he had reported the incident to security organs, locsal officials showed their awareness about the incident.
Information and Culture director Saleh Mohammad Khaliq said he was unaware of the incident and no one had so far complained to him.
Police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said they had so far received no report regarding the issue.
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