It is highly regrettable that the current government is employing authoritative tactics in order to preserve national interests. The recent incident regarding putting a journalist on ECL is a reflex reaction and cannot be justified in any way. The government is only proving its isolation by involving itself in such meaningless actions, and cornering itself in a difficult position. It is the right of journalists to analyse and comment on contemporary developments, and if a story emerges from sources within the leadership, the journalist must not be blamed because he is merely doing his job.

I request the concerned authorities to look into this incident and perhaps take actions to reverse the government’s decision. Freedom of the people must not be compromised.

ALI AKBAR,

Lahore, October 13.