HONG KONG: Unabated violence against reporters in China, Hong Kong journalist was arrested and left injured while trying to interview a human rights lawyer in Beijing today, the second violent incident against the city’s reporters in China within a week.
TV footage showed police bundling cameraman Chui Chun-ming to the ground and dragging him into a van. Chui, who is from Hong Kong and works for the city’s Now TV channel but is based in Beijing, was released hours later after signing a letter of remorse.
Reporters from outside mainland China including those from semi-autonomous Hong Kong are usually given a much freer rein than domestic journalists, who have little opportunity to air their views in a country dominated by state media. Now TV expressed “extreme anger” over the “unreasonable and violent obstruction during their lawful reporting in Beijing”.
The incident came four days after another Hong Kong journalist was kicked and beaten by two men while covering the tenth anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Sichuan.
The men claimed they were “ordinary people” but local residents said they were linked to the government, according to Hong Kong media.
Today’s footage showed police obstructing Chui and asking to see his press pass as he attempted to reach a hearing at the Beijing Lawyers Association.
The hearing was to decide whether human rights lawyer Xie Yan-yi, who Chui was trying to interview, should have his license revoked, according to Now TV.
Xie was one of the lawyers arrested in Beijing’s “709 crackdown” of 2015, which marked the largest ever clampdown on the legal profession in China.
When Chui asked the police to return his press pass after inspection several officers forced him to the ground, where two plainclothes men pinned his arms behind his back and pushed his head down.
He was then handcuffed and put in the van, with Xie also taken away in a police car.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association urged China to stop “uncivilized acts and suppression” of reporting work. The group handed a joint letter signed by local media to China’s liaison office in the city today.
US Senator Graham calls on PM Khan
ISLAMABAD: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on PM Imran Khan here today.
During the meeting, PM reiterated his government’s commitment to continue working with the US and other regional stakeholders in order to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. Khan further stressed the need for normalizing relations with all neighboring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation. Imran Khan said that his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business-friendly policies for potential investors which could be benefited by the US companies.
Senator Graham, lauding PM’s vision apropos political solution to the Afghan conflict, conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He also appreciated PM’s endeavor vis-a-vis improvement of the economy, elimination of corruption and creation of jobs. He termed Imran Khan’s efforts to normalize relations with neighboring countries as noteworthy.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lindsey Graham is Chairman of the US Senate’s Judicial Committee and Senior Member of the committees of the House on armed services and budget.
Earlier Senator Lindsey Graham called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here today. During the meeting, views on matters related to bilateral cooperation, situation in Afghanistan, regional and international issues were discussed. Various aspects to increase bilateral cooperation in economic and trade sectors were also pondered over.
US Sp. Envoy Khalilzad’s Pak visit ends today
ISLAMABAD: Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad from 17th to 20th January 2019 to follow up on discussions held in December.
Special Representative Khalilzad met Prime Minister Khan, Foreign Minister Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Janjua, Chief of Army Staff Bajwa, and members of the diplomatic corps in Islamabad.
During the consultations, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to advance the Afghan peace process. Ambassador Khalilzad highlighted that all countries in the region will benefit from peace in Afghanistan.
Pak-Iran train service restores in Chaghi
CHAGHI: The Pakistan and Iran train services have been restored after completing the rescue activities here today.
According to the Railway sources, three days back the cargo train was de-tracked due to failing an engine resulting around 100 feet railway track was damaged in this incident.
After a hectic effort of the Railway department with several labor workers, the service of Railway reopened and track reconstructed in a short time period.