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    Attack on the press
    KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has strongly condemned the reported attack on daily The Frontier Post by student activists of a political group.

    It urged upon the provincial government of NWFP to immediately take action against the culprits and provide security to newspapers in the province.

    Kazi Asad Abid, Secretary General APNS in a press statement issued Friday has stated that he was informed by the administration of The Frontier Post that a group of activists of People’s Students Federation (Sherpao Group) stormed and damaged the office of the publication and hurled threats to the editor.

    The ugly incident occurred in a reaction to the editorial published in The Frontier Post.

    The APNS noted that such acts by different militant groups against newspapers in the NWFP are increasing which is highly alarming.

    The attack on the press has grave implications for press freedoms as the incident clearly indicates the growing intolerance in our society where certain political parties and groups are involved in using violence and militant tactics to silent the dissenting voice.

    Such incidents are clear violation of press freedom as enshrined in the Article 19 of the constitution of Pakistan.

    The Secretary-General of the APNS stated that the action was also violation of the assurances of Gen Pervez Musharraf that the freedoms of the press and expression would be fully safeguarded by his government, it appears that the Provincial Government has persistently failed to book the culprits engaged in such heinous crimes.

    The Secretary-General of the APNS has urged upon the provincial government of the NWFP to take immediate cognisance of the matter and provide the appropriate security to the offices and staff of newspapers in the province.
    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?

    Nothing will happen. Sherpao is under protection of army and Musharraf. He may well be next CM of NWFP so he can loot more money and go home.