Press Club of India condemns Pak move to expel Indian journalists
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Press Club of India on Saturday issued a statement strongly condemning Pakistan`s reported move to expel Indian journalists out of its territory.
The PCI said it was aghast at the shoddy treatment meted out by Pakistan authorities to two senior Islamabad-based Indian journalists from the Press Trust of India and the Hindu.
Commenting on the fact that the two were told to leave Pakistan within a week, the PCI said, “It is a pity that no reasons have been assigned for this arbitrary action.”
The body of journalists warned that such a move could prove detrimental to the ties between the two countries and asked the Pak government to cite reasons for its move and revoke its order.
The statement read —
“The Press Club of India is aghast at the shoddy treatment meted out by Pakistan authorities to two senior Islamabad-based Indian journalists from the Press Trust of India and the Hindu. They have been told to leave the country within a week. It is a pity that no reasons have been assigned for this arbitrary action.
At the worst moments of difficulties between India and Pakistan journalists from both sides have played a meaningful role in helping to ease tensions, re-set people to people ties, and create an atmosphere in which governments may regain their composure.
We regard this move to expel the journalists as a factor which may set back ties. We have seen in the past that such action against the media is usually a precursor to deterioration of relations between our two countries. This action is regrettable. It leads to the apprehension that security agencies in Pakistan have re-asserted themselves and are guiding the democratically elected Nawaz Sharief government from which much had been expected.
We understand that the media in Pakistan is also under attack from security agencies as was indicated by the murderous attack on a senior Pakistani journalist recently.
We call upon the Pakistan government, as a matter of basic courtesy, to indicate the reasons for asking the Indian journalists to leave the country, and revoke the order at the earliest.”
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