TV channel teams taken hostage in Islamabad
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TV channel teams taken hostage in Islamabad

Islamabad : Pakistan | Apr 27, 2011 at 3:56 AM PDT
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DawnNews reporter Sammar Abbas and cameraman Asif Mirza were released after being held hostage by them. A team of DawnNews was attacked by staffers of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in Islamabad.

The camera of the news team was snatched and damaged by ZTBL workers and the hostage DawnNews reporter had also been injured.

The news team was attacked while covering the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) raid on the ZTBL.

The bank was raided after failing to pay benefits to 5,500 workers amounting to Rs 85 million.

SAMAA’s news were also team and those of other TV channels have been taken hostage by employees of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) at its head office


Many media persons sustained injuries in the police baton charge. A couple of them, including SAMAA's staffer Sadaqat Ali, received injuries to the head and are reportedly serious.

izmgsa is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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