Karachi: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has demanded immediate release of radio journalist Saleem Rehman Afridi who is in the custody of the local police in Peshawar since Thursday night (June 2). Saleem Rehman, who has been working for PACT Radio in Bara area of Khyber Agency for the last two years, was taken into custody along with a number of his relatives from the house of his uncle in Shalober area during a raid by the police on Thursday.
He is being kept in Sarband police station in Peshawar without any FIR being registered against him. Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) President Safdar Dawar said they had been trying to contact the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sarband
Police Station Abidur Rehman but so far they have not been successful. He said the police were not giving any reason for his arrest. He demanded the police authorities to release Saleem as soon as possible.
TUJ Senior Vice-President Waheed Afridi said Saleem Rehman had worked for Radio Khyber in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency before joining PACT Radio, a Pakistan-Afgfhan cross border radio channel. He was visiting his uncle’s house in Shalobar, a locality in Bara, when a police team raided the house and arrested him and a number of relatives.
Deputy Director, PACT Radio, Mr Naveed, said Saleem Rehman had been working with the radio for the last two years and was reporting on local issues of Bara. He said they were trying to contact the police but are unable to get through to them.
PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat has also demanded the local authorities in Peshawar to look into the matter and direct the police to release Saleem Rehman who is being kept in detention without any charge being framed against him. PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf said keeping a citizen in police detention without any reason was against human rights. He demanded immediate release of journalist Saleem Rehman and his relatives.