ISLAMABAD: An Afghanistan court sentenced ARY News reporter, Faziullah Khan for four years of rigorous imprisonment, for mistakenly crossing the border a few months earlier – ARY News reports.
Faizullah Khan in the way of pursuing his journalistic responsibilities at Pak-Afghan border in April this year, had mistakenly crossed the border, where he was arrested by Afghan security agencies.
A local court in the eastern province of Nangarhar, sentenced Faizullah for four years of imprisonment, for entering into Afghanistan without travel documents.
Officials of the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan have also confirmed the sentencing.
A three-member bench of the court rejected spying allegations against the ARY News’ reporter.
On the other hand, South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Afghanistan chapter has also been consulted regarding the release of Faizullah Khan, which has demanded Afghan authorities to inform SAFMA officials in Pakistan on the issue, in written.
It was further told that an appeal shall be made in the Afghan High Court against the penalty awarded to Faizullah Khan.
President of ARY Network, Salman Iqbal has been in touch with different officials on the issue, while he has also contacted Pakistani Consul General in Jalalabad, Habib ur Rahman Chaudhry, after which the Pakistani Embassy has sought the services of legal experts for pursuing the case of Faizullah Khan.