ISLAMABAD: A group of 20 people, who participated in the recently-held PML-N rally, were booked on Wednesday for beating journalists and snatching cash and valuables from them.

The case was registered at Aabpara police station in response to a complaint lodged by Safdar Ali Klasra.

The complainant - a reporter affiliated with a private TV channel - stated in his complaint that he was performing his duties near the model of Chagi Mountain at Faizabad along with other colleagues when a group of 20 rally participants disembarked from their vehicles and started beating him.

“The attackers snatched my two mobile phones and started deleting photographs and video clips from them,” the FIR stated, adding that he introduced himself to them but in response one of the attackers hit him with the butt of his weapon.

Two of his colleagues – Benazir Madhi and Nayla Afsar – who were present at the spot rushed to rescue him, but the attackers also beat them up following which they fainted.When contacted, Aabpara police spokesperson confirmed that the case had been registered and investigation were in progress.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2017

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