Followed by attacks on media offices in Karachi, Catholic Church has expressed deep sorrow over the heinous incidents, while condemning the deliberate attacks on media houses and journalists in Karachi. In a statement issued in consequence to the atrocities which brewed into turmoil Karachi’s clergymen expressed serious concerns over attempts to smother peace in the city.
The statement was issued by Father Saleh Diego- Director of the Pakistani Catholic bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace, stated that he condemned the violence in strongest possible words-as he called it “an assault on the freedom of press and expression.”
“The Catholic Church stands in solidarity with the journalist community and calls on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. A common Pakistan cannot tolerate hate speech against the country, let alone its armed forces,” he said. “We were expecting an ugly situation in the city but thanks be to God that normalcy was restored quickly.”
“There is no justification for ransacking vehicles and news offices. There could have been other ways for dialogue,” he stated.
On Monday August 22, political activists from a celebrated political party MQM despoiled office of ARY NEWS, SAMAA TV and Neo TV, before getting engaged in a clash with police which left at least one dead and several injured. As the city reeled from unrest caused by riots, paramilitary Rangers chipped in to tackle the situation.
Consequently, nine leaders of the political outfit MQM were hooked whereas, party’s headquarters, Nine Zero, were also searched and consequently sealed.