Saturday Nov 04 2017

Ahmed Noorani’s case is a challenging one: IG Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Journalist Ahmed Noorani was attacked by four people riding on two motorbikes and following him from Rawalpindi but the closed-circuit television footage obtained does not show their faces clearly, according to Islamabad Inspector General Muhammad Khalid Khattak.

While briefing Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Khalid Khattak said Noorani’s case was a challenge for them, which they were working on. He said they were also setting up geofences in the area where the attack took place. Geofencing would create a virtual geographic boundary, enabling a software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves the area.

The IG was briefing a session chaired by Senator Rehman Malik in Parliament House.

Noorani was assaulted on the federal capital's Khayaban-e-Suharwardy Road on October 27. His car was stopped near Zero Point Interchange while he was on his way home in Islamabad from Rawalpindi.

The men got down from their unmarked motorcycle after chasing down Noorani's car while their accomplices, 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.

The attackers sped away on the two bikes, with no licence plates, towards Zero Point after onlookers began gathering at the site and traffic started coming to a halt on the busy road.

Noorani was taken to the Polyclinic Hospital by a passerby where he was administered medical aid.