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“SARGODHA: On Thursday December 21, 2023, Mianwali police unlawfully entered the residence of Dawn correspondent Khursheed Anwar Khan, subjecting his family to harassment without cause.

Approximately twelve police officers surrounded the house as female officers conducted a search without presenting any warrants, causing distress to Khan’s wife.

According to information received by this correspondent, the police expressed dissatisfaction with the journalist due to his coverage of recent incidents involving the snatching of nomination papers from PTI aspirants in Mianwali district. Additionally, he was accused of aiding Amara Niazi, the PTI district vice president of the women’s wing and a relative of Khan, in submitting her nomination papers.

Upon leaving Khan’s residence, the police claimed they had raided the house based on a tip-off suggesting the journalist was harboring Amara Niazi and other PTI activists. It is also rumored that Khurshid Anwar Khan extensively reported on the treatment of former MNA Amjad Khan Niazi, currently incarcerated in the May 9 cases. Niazi was allegedly denied the opportunity to sign his nomination papers despite the orders of the special judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court in Sargodha.

Khurshid Anwar Khan, known for his unblemished reputation as both a journalist and lawyer, faces no charges against him.

Earlier, the Dawn correspondent had covered the incidents of nomination paper snatching involving two PTI ticket aspirants at the returning office on the district court premises on Wednesday. Although both aspirants accused plainclothes policemen, the police rejected their claims and professed ignorance regarding the alleged incidents.

The aspirants, Ziaullah Khan Niazi, a retired judicial officer, and Rafiullah Khan, the brother of former PTI MPA Ameenullah Khan and Gen Sanaullah Khan Shaheed, were among those affected.

Meanwhile, the District Bar Association staged a boycott of local courts on Thursday to protest the objectionable behavior of local police towards bar members during the collection of nomination papers at the RO office on Wednesday.

Chanting slogans against the government and local police, the lawyers demanded the replacement of the returning officer. In another development, the police conducted a raid on the house of a lawyer who had obtained nomination papers for PTI ex-MNA Amjad Ali Khan. The District Bar Association called for the replacement of the returning officer in response to this incident.”