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MULTAN: Police registered a case on Saturday against a professor of Bahauddin Zakariya University and his six unidentified accomplices for his alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist.

Dr Ishaq Fani said he had nothing to do with the incident and that the FIR lodged against him was baseless.

Reports said the FIR No 296/15 was registered against Dr Ishaq Fani, director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Distance Learning Programme, on the complaint of Muhammad Sohail of Bukhari Colony, Nawan Shaher Chowk.

The complainant told police he was working as a reporter with an Urdu daily.

“On April 16, I was returning from the university when six unidentified men on three bikes stopped me on Bosan Road near the Education University and tortured me,” he said.

He said the three of the suspects wearing helmets resorted to aerial firing.

He alleged that attackers had threatened to kill him if he filed any news against Dr Fani.

He alleged that he was attacked at the behest of Dr Fani.

Police reached the spot and recovered empty shells, but registered the case two days after the incident.

Dr Fani said an inquiry committee comprising presidents of Multan Union of Journalists, press club, district and high court bar associations and three senior deans of the university should investigate the matter.

Published in Dawn, April 19th, 2015

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