From The Frontlines

Javaid_Khan.gifLal Masjid’s show down is perhaps the worst, and the bloodiest, incident in Islamabad’s history as never before such a large number of armed militants had taken on the authorities — and that too in the heart of the capital.

Journalists and media men covering the Lal Masjid incident from the front lines have been doing a great job, despite working under severe hostile conditions and a constant threat to life. Previously a local news paper journalist Javaid Khan was shot dead by gunfire from rangers and another Israr Ahmed of the CNBC, was hit three times by automatic gunfire. He was rushed to the hospital where his condition remains critical.

Also earlier in the evening today, one ARY digital reporter and camera men were badly beaten by officials of Ellite police force, Islamabad police, and the rangers. These journalists were covering Lal Masjid event from an underconstruction multi story building nearby. According to them they were able to capture footage of gunship helicopters taking part in the action against the Lal masjid people. They were also able to capture the whole scene unfolding as they were being taken downstairs, beaten and kicked all over the place.

Media’s role has been crtical in all aspects covering this case, as different channels have been updating poeple on a consistent basis. We have been getting fresh and expedite updates from government officials and leaders from the Lal Masjid camps, and media has also tried to play a critical role of mediator in some cases.

By and large we at Islamabad Metroblog team have great respect for people on the field who have been covering all the events for us as they unfold every second.

Photo Credit : Jang MultiMedia

2 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    An interesting article on Journalists Up-Front in BBC Urdu

  2. kidal (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    A shocking picture! I think they should not have published this picture, and backpacker should not have included it in this blog. Have we become so desensitized to death and murder? Does anyone care what his mother, father, wife, children felt when they say this picture in all the newspapers. Truly disgusting!

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