Saturday Oct 28, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said the police and local administration were investigating the attack on The News senior reporter Ahmed Noorani and they would present an interim report on the incident within three days.
Talking to a private news channel, he strongly condemned the attack on Noorani and said the attackers would be arrested and punished according to law.
The minister further said the government had pledged to make the federal capital a peaceful and secure city, adding measures would be taken to stop untoward incidents in the city in future.
The condition of Noorani is steadily improving, the journalist's brother told Geo News on Saturday.
He is currently admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad.
Noorani was assaulted on Khayabane Suharwardy road on Friday.
According to details, Noorani's car was stopped by three men travelling on a motorcycle near Zero Point Interchange while he was on his way home in Islamabad from Rawalpindi.
The three men got off from their unmarked motorcycles while another three, who were standing where the car was stopped with another unmarked motorcycle, joined in and severely beat up Noorani and his driver with iron rods after throwing out the keys from the ignition.
Police registered a case over the incident and the investigation is underway.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah visited the journalist in the hospital and strongly condemned the assault.
An investigation committee, formed upon on the orders of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, will present its detailed report of the incident within three days.
Cheif commissioner and inspector general Islamabad are a part of the committee.