Pakistan Media Safety Report 2015

No arrests made for murder of two media personnel in Pakistan.  Those who injured six media men also remain free

Two media personnel were killed, while six others were injured and many were manhandled during 2015.  In addition 11 media personnel were booked in false cases and equipment of many media workers was damaged or destroyed during the year. Television channels remained the primary target of violent attacks during the year.

According to research by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), federal or provincial governments did not respond seriously to any of the fifteen incidents of violence against media personnel during the year.  Not a single case relating to violence against media resulted in arrest and prosecution, despite repeated assurances by government ministers.

Two media personnel murdered

According to the details of the PPF’s “Pakistan Media Safety Report 2015”, Arshad Ali Jaffery, a technical engineer of Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of Geo News was killed and the driver Anis Chauhan injured on September 8, when unidentified armed men opened fire on their vehicle in Karachi.  No one claimed the responsibility for this attack and no arrests for the murder have yet been made.

Zaman Mehsud reporter of daily Ummat and Sana news agency, based in Tank, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was ambushed and shot dead on November 3; ironically one day after the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was commemorated in Pakistan and rest of the world. Taliban commander, Qari Saifullah, claimed the responsibility for his murder and said: “We killed him because he was writing against us. We have some other journalists on our hit list in the region; soon we will target them.”

Six media personnel injured

 All six cases of violence leading to injury of media personnel occurred in the last two months of the year.

On November 20, hand grenades were hurled on the Faisalabad bureau office of Dunya News television channel injuring two staff members, Saifur Rehman, a business executive, and Nazar Hussain, a security guard.  The attackers left a note claiming the attack were by followers of Daulat Islamia Khurasan (Islamic State Khurasan) and warned of more attacks on media.

Another attack where the responsibility was claimed by activists of Daulat Islamia Khurasan (Islamic State Khurasan) was on December 1.   The attackers threw a hand grenade at Lahore offices of Din News that injured the organization’s receptionist Masood Mukhtar as well as two police constables, Mohammed Ijaz and Nasir Abbas.  In this incident also, the attackers left a t note threatening the media.

Another incident of attack on a DSNG was occurred November 27 in Karachi, when unidentified armed men opened fire on the DSNG van belonging to Dawn News and injured its engineer Hassan Mateen. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Another attack by a homemade explosive device was on Express News office in Sargodha on December 7. In this attack, Masood Mukhtar, a security guard of the television channel, received injuries.  Nobody claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Journalists detained

Illegal detention and abduction of journalists is a common occurrence in conflict areas and tribal areas of the country.  Law enforcement agencies, militants and civil administration routinely indulge in abductions and illegal detentions to threaten journalists who do not tow their line.  In most cases, families and colleagues of the detained journalists prefer to plead for their release rather than publicize the illegal actions, for fear of harm to those detained.

The two cases given below are examples of such detentions in 2015.

On October 10, Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel raided the house of Rahat Shinwari, a correspondent of an Urdu daily, Ausaf, in Landi Kotal, a town of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. They blindfolded and handcuffed him and took to an unknown destination. He as released the next day without giving reason for his detention.

On 31 March, the security forces detained Nasrum Minallah, a correspondent of Express Tribune, along with Haji Pazir Gul, a correspondent of Dawn and Abidullah Amin of Roznama Pakistan and his brother Shafiqullah Amin.  They were detained for 10 hours at Kajori check post in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) near Pak-Afghan border as they were going for the coverage of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Manhandling of media personnel

The PPF report also recorded a number of cases of manhandling and harassment of media workers in the year 2015.

On 20th December, Muhammad Ansar, a reporter of Aaj News television channel was manhandled by police for covering the allegedly illegal closure of sugar mills in Tando Muhammad Khan, a district in the southern part of Sindh province in Pakistan.

On August 20, security guards of Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) Karachi manhandled eleven media persons who arrived there to cover the expected visit of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Those manhandled included Danyal Sayyed, reporter of AbbTakk News; Tanveer Ahmed reporter of Dawn News; Talha, cameraman of Dawn News; Arif Khan, cameraman of Aaj News; Khawar Khan, reporter of Geo News; Rajab Ali, reporter of NEO TV; Taha Ubadi, reporter of Dunya TV; Kafeel Ahmed, reporter of AAJ TV; Muhammad Ashad, reporter of C 92; Waqas Lodhi, cameraman of Metro TV and Imran Yameen, cameraman of Dunya TV.

On May 23, the Special Security Unit (SSU) of the police beat up reporters, photographers and cameramen while they were covering the appearance of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza outside the Sindh High Court (SHC) in Karachi. The police used wooden staffs to beat them and also damaged their equipment.

Journalists and media workers booked in false cases

On June 2, eleven journalists and media workers were booked in false cases. Three of them were charged under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Those charged claim the real reason for registering criminal cases against journalists and media workers was because they covered the activities of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, who had broken away from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP),

Those who had cases registered against them included Mumtaz Memon and Niaz Memon of the daily Sindh; Yousuf Jani and Dir Murad Mari of the daily Koshish; Shankar Kumar and Meharrudin Mari of the daily Hilal e Pakistan; Shafqat Pinyaro of the daily Sindh and Express News, Aachar Azeem of the daily Tameer e Sindh; Murtaza Memon of Neo TV, and Haji Khan Lashari of daily Koshish.

Despite high sounding promises of ensuring safety of media, the government has not taken any serious steps to introduce effective legislations that would punish those that inflict harm of media in Pakistan.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), a non-governmental organization, is an independent, media documentation and training center, committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression has again demanded that criminal cases should not only be registered but should also be properly investigated and prosecuted against the perpetrators of violence against media.

Suspension of trading in the shares of M/s Noor Silk Mills Limited

Karachi: Karachi Stock Exchange informed that trading in the shares of M/s Noor Silk Mills Limited shall remain suspended for another period of 60 days with effect from January 08, 2016.

Further, the decision for suspension has been taken in exercise of the powers vested in the exchange under Sub-Section (7) of Section 19 of the Securities act, 2015.

Board meeting of Mirza Sugar Mills Limited to be held on January 07, 2016

Karachi, Mirza Sugar Mills Limited informed Karachi Stock Exchange that board meeting of the company is scheduled to be held on January 07, 2016 at Karachi. The agenda of the meeting shall be consideration of annual accounts for year ended September 30, 2015.

Further, the closed period of the company shall be from December 31, 2015 to January 07, 2016.

Islamabad Stock Exchange Market Statistics Report Thursday December 31, 2015

Islamabad, December 31, 2015 (PPI-OT):

MARKET TREND:                 Bearish


COMPANIES TRADED:             TOTAL        PLUS        MINUS      EQUAL

                                133          74          -59         0

INDEX POSITION:               INDEX        Opening     Closing    Change

ISE-10 Index:                              2771.73     2754.49    (17.24)

                              INDEX        Opening     Closing    Change

IMI- 25 Index                              2423.42     2417.23     (6.19)

TOTAL VOLUME:                              Previous    Current    Change

218,500                                      1,000      11,200    10,200

                                           Previous    Current    Change

B to B Volume                             4,049,936  4,896,505   846,569

VOLUME LEADERS:

Company                                 VOLUME of Shares

Nishat Chunian Power Ltd                          10,000

Silk Bank Ltd                                      1,000

Top Gainer Pakistan Tobacco Rs. 1114.19 with an increase of Rs.+ 53.05.

Top Loser Sapphire Fibres Rs. 703.95 with a decrease of Rs. -37.05.

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Appointment of share registrar of Prosperity Weaving Mills Limited

Karachi: Prosperity Weaving Mills Limited informed Karachi Stock Exchange about appointment of M/s Hameed Majeed Associates Private Limited, 1st floor, H.M house, 7-bank square, Lahore as independent share registrar.

Prosperity Weaving Mills Limited is a company incorporated in Pakistan on November 20, 1991. It is a public limited company the foundations of which are laid under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The principal activity of the Company is manufacturing and sale of woven cloth. The Mill is located at District Sheikhupura in the Province of Punjab. The shares of the company are quoted on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan. The registered office of the company is situated at Lahore.

The symbol “PRWM” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Prosperity Weaving Mills Limited.

Appointment of share registrar of Ellcot Spinning Mills Limited

Karachi: Ellcot Spinning Mills Limited informed Karachi Stock Exchange about appointment of M/s Hameed Majeed Associates Private Limited, 1st floor, H.M house, 7-bank square, Lahore as independent share registrar.

Ellcot Spinning Mills Limited is a company incorporated in Pakistan. It is a public limited company the foundations of which are laid under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The principal activities of the company include manufacture and sale of yarn. The shares of the company are quoted on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan. The registered office of the company is situated at Lahore.

The symbol “ELSM” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Ellcot Spinning Mills Limited.

Appointment of share registrar of Nagina Cotton Mills Limited

Karachi: Nagina Cotton Mills Limitedinformed Karachi Stock Exchange about appointment of M/s Hameed Majeed Associates Private Limited, 5th floor, Karachi chambers, Hasrat Mohani Road, Karachi as independent share registrar.

Nagina Cotton Mills Limited is a company incorporated in Pakistan on May 16, 1967. It is a public limited company the foundations of which are laid under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The principal activity of the company is to manufacture and sale of cotton and blended yarn. The manufacturing facilities are located in Kotri Industrial Trading Estate in the Province of Sindh. The shares of the company are quoted on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan. The registered office of the company is situated at Karachi.

The symbol “NAGC” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Nagina Cotton Mills Limited.