Peshawar, Press, it’s a common word which used now a day to Impress the people and especially the police in Peshawar. War on terror not only affects the social life of every person in Pakistan & especially in Peshawar. It also gives the right to security forces to stop every on road for checking. That’s make new trend in Peshawar and surrounding area. If you have time then you watch the roads of Peshawar city. You watch the vehicles which run on the road, every 10 bike Riders used Number Plates of “Press “on their bikes. The Situation is same in Four Wheel vehicle.
Last Day I sit in my friend car and we have some work , when our vehicle reached to Faqir Abad police station area , that’s the part of the old City. A bike Rider Run Bike with our car and he didn’t follow the traffic Rules and out of Wrong Side, Police officer tries to stop him but he runs away from the spot. Bike Rider Put the Number Plate of “Press “and Name of Private TV channel.
Me and my friend stop the vehicle and ask for the police officer that why you didn’t follow the Bike Rider. Police officer Replied “these Selfish People are Journalists and they thought that we have right to do every thing. I try to catch the Bike Rider but I couldn’t.
If I arrest the person then the Journalist community of Peshawar will come out on roads whey you arrest the person, so I left him, Replied the Police officer.
We left the police officer and run away from him, on another Stop we find the same vehicle, that’s standing on the road side. Me and my friends go to the vehicle ad we meet the young whose run the bike and asked him “in which newspaper you attach and if you have card show us your card “the younger look anger but when we show our self that we are journalists and we want to know about you why you used the word “Press and Private TV channel Name “put on your bike.
Actually my cousin work in TV channel and I bought the Bike from my Cousin, so I used his vehicle and name because I am the sales Person of Cell Phone Company. Through Press and TV Channel name police didn’t try to stop me and I avail the facilities of the Journalist, Replied the Young Bike Rider and left us Amazed at G.T roads Peshawar.
It’s the story of one young boy who’s used the name of Press and TV Channel in Peshawar, but it’s not a single case every 10 Bike Rider used the Press Number Plates to show himself as a journalist.
Being a working journalist I didn’t have bicycle because I am in a position “ like Hand to Mouth “ monthly I get a salary and its not enough for my family problem , Rented home and other financial matter makes me tense. Working since 1998 I have not had Vehicle or Bike and same problem facing most of my journalist’s friends.
The Peshawar press club has 350 members and more hen 450 members of the Khyber Union of Journalist. Only 70 members have motor Bikes and 20 have their own vehicle and most of these journalists didn’t use the Press or Their News paper or TV channel name.
So in this situation whose using the name of Press on their vehicles, it’s a question mark for me, on my own knowledge some publishers from Peshawar city using Press and Sales man whose using motor bikes. The purposes of putting press on their vehicles to impress the police and they didn’t stop them at Roads, even if they didn’t follow the traffic Rules or they didn’t have any Registration or driving license.
Some of our journalists who are attached with newspaper or TV channel are using their name to their friend’s vehicles or their relatives using the name of Journalist on their vehicles for illegal works.
Big vehicles like car are also using the Press Number Plates and most of them are smuggler, who’s involved in smuggling of different things. These people were using the Press Number Plates to avoid Risk. Because police couldn’t stop these vehicles that put Press at their vehicle and they done their illegal works on the name of Press and Journalists.
The real journalists whose work in the field facing problems, they didn’t have a vehicle but fake people using the name of these journalists and they destroying he image of Journalists.
Being a senior vice president of the Khyber Union of Journalist I took notice of the issue that fake people using the name of press and journalist and through this way they are destroying us. But unfortunately no body takes notice of this issue and some people even said to me “what the problem with you “if you don’t have a vehicle so leave the people to enjoy. Some of the cabinet members said we cannot control this issue, so leave the issue. After this answer I shut my mouth but still think what will happen if a person used the name of the Journalist/ press and attack or carry explosive in vehicle and blast in center of the city. Then who will be responsible?