LAHORE - A local court on Monday sought reply from station house office (SHO) of Islampura Police Station on a plea seeking registration of a high treason case against management of Geo News including Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Amir Mir, the brother of Hamid Mir, bureau chiefs, news editor and others involved in accusing Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and bringing a bad name to the country across the globe.
Zindabad Party chairman advocate Aftab Ahmad Wirk had filed the application through his counsel and argued that three days back on April 19; Hamid Mir was injured in an attack by some unidentified attackers. He argued that moments after the incident, Amir Mir, the brother of Hamid Mir, started accusing ISI and its chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam for attacks on the anchorperson in Karachi.
The petitioner said Amir Mir intentionally spoke against a state institution and that too without any solid evidence, which damaged the morale and credibility of Pakistan Army and other intelligence agencies of the country.
But more unfortunate was that Geo Television and all its major anchors, after the statement of Amir Mir, came on air criticising directly the ISI and Pakistan Army which really brought a bad name to the great institution not only in the eyes of every citizen in the country but at international level as well, the petitioner said.
He told the court that the news of attack on Hamid Mir spread like a fire in jungle across the world and subsequently, all enemies of Pakistan including India, Israel, America and Britain took benefit of that news and used all their resources to defame Pakistan, its intelligence agency and Pakistan Army throughout the world.
Contending over the bad intensions of the said TV management and its anchors, the petitioner said the news of attack on Hamid Mir was published as top of the stories and super lead story of all its newspapers next day of the incident. He pointed out that how a credible agency could attack a journalist.
Amir Mir had no evidence and just spoke vague blaming Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam. It was not an accusation; in fact it was an attack on Pakistan. Pakistan Army and other forces including ISI was the target of country’s enemies because they protected the county.
A patriot citizen could not dare to speak against state institutions, especially against Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies which always stood firm to fight enemies of the country, the petitioner argued. The accusations damaged morale of the army and security agencies of the country, he said. After hearing the arguments, the court issued notice to station house officer of Islampura Police Station and sought reply on next date of hearing.