He has been critical of the Establishment
Journalist Asad Toor was brutally assaulted by unidentified men at his home in Islamabad on Tuesday, his friend told SAMAA Digital.
The attackers broke into his house and attacked him, his friend and a journalist Anas Mallick said.
“He was brutally beaten and we are taking him to PIMS,” he added.
Islamabad police haven’t commented on the attack but Amna Baig, a senior police official, said police is “responding”. An FIR of the incident was launched at Islamabad’s Shalimar police station.
Footage of a CCTV camera installed outside Toor’s apartment showed three men exiting his house. Later, the journalist is seen coming out of his apartment with his hands and feet tied with clothes.
Toor is known for his court reporting and criticism of the Establishment. He runs his own YouTube channel. He recently worked at SAMAA TV as a current affairs program producer.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry condemned the assault on Toor.
“The Islamabad SSP has been directed to probe the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice,” his ministry said on Twitter.
This is the third such incident in Islamabad in the recent past. Absar Alam, a veteran journalist and the former Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority chairman, was shot and injured in the city last month.
The government had asked the authorities to arrest the perpetrators but they have yet to make any arrest in connection with the assignation attempt.
In July 2020, another journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted from outside his wife’s school in Islamabad’s G-6 sector.
Jan’s abduction was caught on a CCTV camera too. He was taken away by several men in black uniforms and plainclothes.
He was, however, released by his abductors near Fateh Jang after 12 hours.