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ARY reporters face gags for exposing govt corruption

LAHORE: The ARY News team paid the price for unveiling government corruption with its correspondents being arrested over a sting operation that unearthed massive irregularities in the Railways Ministry, headed by its minister Khwaja Saad Rafique, ARY News reported.

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ARY News reporters Asif Qureshi and Zulqarnain Sheikh were arrested in Lahore and a case was registered against them. They were also presented in a judicial magistrate court to frame charges against them.

Sheikh said the railways’ officials had clear directions from the minister Khwaja Saad Rafique to give ARY reporters a lesson for ‘unearthing covert practices’ in the ministry.

He told that police also tortured them throughout last night to vent their anger.


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The court handed over both the reporters in judicial custody, while urged the court for 7-day physical remand of the ARY correspondents.

ARY’s whistle-blowing program, Sar-e-Aam, hosted by Iqrarul Hasan had conducted a sting operation wherein railways’ officials took bribe and allowed smuggling of weapons via train from Lahore to Karachi. The aforementioned two reporters helped the Sar-e-Aam team in the sting operation and railway police arrested them.

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