islamabad - The journalists, media representatives and politicians yesterday protested the Rangers’ raid at the residence of The Nation’s Resident Editor in Islamabad a day earlier (Tuesday).

A large number of journalists assembled in front of the National Press Club to record their protest against, what they described, an attack on freedom of press as the probe into the incident at different levels is going on.

Leading journalists addressed the protesting media persons and made it loud and clear to the concerned quarters that the community could not be intimidated through such tactics.

PPP legislators Nafeesa Shah and Rubina Khalid also showed up to express their solidarity with the media persons.

Speaking on the occasion, former NPC President Afzal Butt threatened the government of expanding the protest across the country if the Rangers did not apologise unconditionally and the outcome of the probe into the raid is not made public in the next twenty-four hours. He was of the view that journalists have had been fighting for a cause adding such tactics against the community would not yield positive results. The Nation Resident Editor, Salman Masood stated that there should be a proper SOP for searching houses.

He termed the Rangers’ raid breach of civil liberty and privacy.

He thanked the government functionaries for taking timely notice of the incident and hoped that the outcome of the probe would be made public at the earliest and those responsible for the ‘intimidation’ would be taken to task.

Nafeesa Shah termed the raid an extension of what the Rangers were doing in Karachi and parts of Sindh province. She said Rangers would never move towards the nurseries of the terrorists even in the federal capital but they do not hesitate to comb media persons’ houses in search of terrorists.

She termed the raid an attack on whole the journalist community. She also promised to take up the matter at teh floor of the parliament.

NPC President Shakeel Anjum said the community has recorded its protest over the incident with the interior minister. He assured that the whole journalist community stood by the victim of the Rangers’ action.

It is to mention here that the Rangers personnel on Tuesday morning raided the house of Salman Masood, who also reports for The New York Times, in Islamabad in the name of a routine search operation but failed to find anything objectionable. The incident drew widespread condemnation from political quarters and the journalist community at the national as well as international level.