Saturday, July 31, 2021

ARY News’ office in Islamabad comes under attack – Daesh Afghanistan claims responsibility


Unidentified assailants riding a motorbike lobbed a hand grenade on ARY News office and fired several shots on Wednesday evening. Security guards present at the office entrance retaliated swiftly forcing the attackers to flee away dropping pamphlets.

Pamphlets dropped by the assailants

Global terror outfit Daesh’s Afghanistan chapter claimed responsibility of the attack in the pamphlets ‘in reaction to the channels coverage of ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb’.

Due to the attack, a non-linear editor (NLE) was injured who was hit by a shrapnel in the head. He was immediately whisked to a hospital for medical attention.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif denounced the attack in strongest words. He directed the authorities to provide security to ARY News employees.

Information Minister Pervez Rasheed while condemning the attack resolved to eliminate all terrorists from the country. He said the government holds attack on journalist fraternity as an attack on democracy in the state.

Rasheed vowed that all resources will be utilized to eradicate terrorism menace from the soil.

Political leaders visit ARY News’ Islamabad office

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan arrived at ARY News office that came under attack today.

In his word with anchorpersons Sami Ibrahim and Kashif Abbasi, Khan said he was nearby when he heard of the blast and came to inquire well being of staffers and express solidarity with media. He said we stand with ARY News in every difficult time.

He said the media itself has been through a difficult phase and we acknowledge its sacrifices for Pakistan and democracy.

The PTI chief however said in the presence of National Action Plan (NAP) terrorism and crime has reduced countrywide, and hoped for it to be completely rooted out.

PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen were also accompanied the party chairman.

Information Minister Pervez Rasheed and MQM lawmaker Rasheed Godil also arrived at ARY News office and extended their support to staffers.

They denounced the cowardly attack and reiterated the resolve to rid the country of all terrorists.

Condemnations pour in over the attack

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