Pakistan

Nisar says raid on NYT correspondent’s home “unacceptable”, orders inquiry

ISLAMABAD: The paramilitary force on early Tuesday conducted a ‘search operation’ at a Islamabad residence of New York Times Pakistan correspondent Salman Masood, prompting storm of condemnations on social media by civil society activists and journalists.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken notice of the incident and ordered inquiry into the Rangers raid at NYT correspondent’s home.

In a statement, Nisar said “such raids and operations are unacceptable at any cost.”

According to Mr. Masood, Rangers said they wanted to search the premises but they didn’t have search warrants.

He tweeted that “A man in civvies identified himself as an intelligence man but didn’t provide more information.”

The NYT correspondent said he phoned up a senior Islamabad police official who said a “terrorist search operation is underway.”

Mr. Masood is also a resident editor of local daily The Nation.

On May 13, 2013, the Pakistan government had ordered the New York Times’ bureau chief in Islamabad to leave the country on the eve of national elections. A two-sentence letter was delivered by police officers to the home of the bureau chief, Declan Walsh. “It is informed that your visa is hereby canceled in view of your undesirable activities,” the Times quoted the letter as saying. “You are therefore advised to leave the country within 72 hours.”

 

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