Journalists and media organisations held a protest demonstration on Monday in front of the Lahore Press Club against the enforced disappearance of Zahid Abbas Malik, a journalist who worked as sub-editor at Dunya newspaper.
The demonstration was attended by the members and leaders of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Punjab Union of Journalists, Lahore Press Club, and Journalists Forum Pakistan.
The protest was led by Lahore Press Club Vice President Nasira Atiq while Punjab Union of Journalists leaders Qamarul Zaman Bhatti, Raja Riaz, Shahid Chaudhry, Ahsan Raza, Zahid Shafiq Tayyab, Ahmad Raza, Ansar Zahid, Nazir Bhatti, Shahzad, Bakhtgir Chaudhry, Asim Zaidi and other leaders and journalists were present.
The speakers demanded that Malik be released immediately. They said that if an anchor is disappeared, it becomes a national and international issue. “But five days have passed since the disappearance of a sub-editor, and no one has taken notice.”
The leaders said that the entire journalist community and working journalists are with Zahid Malik and the protest will be extended to the whole country if he is not released.
The speakers also vowed to expand the protests for his recovery if the authorities remain unmoved.