US, Afghan Forces Ransack Radio Office in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM – A joint Afghan-US security force raided a radio station in central Logar province, torturing its employees and damaging equipment, the station employees claimed on Saturday. Qazi Nasir Mudassir, the Milli Paigham Radio station in-charge, told Pajhwok Afghan News the joint forces forcibly entered the station around 11am on Friday and detained him along with two others colleagues before being released after two hours.
He claimed the forces damaged furniture and other equipment in the office and the Americans took away two employees with them. Mudassir denied the radio had breached journalistic ethics in its broadcasts, something the US forces cited an excuse for the raid. Provincial Information and Culture Director Mohammad Shafiq Popal confirmed the incident, saying foreign troops subjected the radio officials to torture and damaged the equipment.
He remarked the brazen attack was a stark violation of the freedom of expression and a humiliation to free media. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement confirmed the Afghan-led raid on the radio station in Mohammad Agah district due to what the force said “reporting of potential enemy activity.”
The ISAF statement said Afghan forces detained three individuals until the presence of heavy weapons and fighting positions at the location could be investigated further. The Milli Paigham Radio started transmission back in 2003 airing Islamic, cultural, entertainment and social programmes for 10 hours a day. Six years back, unidentified gunmen had attacked the radio, leaving a guard critically injured. (PAN)