PESHAWAR: The journalists and members of Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) and Peshawar Press Club here on Thursday staged protest demonstration against the remarks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in response to a question of a journalist and gave one week deadline to him to tender apology.Led by KhUJ President Nisar Muhammad and Peshawar Press Club General Secretary Fida Adeel, the journalists took out a protest demonstration from the press club building and marched up to the Peshawar Governor House against Imran Khan’s remarks in response to a question of a journalist after his first appearance before media at the CM House following Imran-Rehman divorce issue.The journalists were holding placards and banners besides raising slogans like “Go Imran Go, We Want Freedom, Restrictions on Media and questions are unacceptable”. KhUJ president said that asking of questions was the right of journalist, adding politicians are public figures and people wanted to know about them. He said that the question asked from Imran Khan was under ambit of journalistic norm and Imran reply was un-decent, inappropriate that hurt sentiments of journalists’ community not only in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but in the entire country.
“This was a token protest demo and if PTI chairman did not tender apology within a week, the journalists’ community will stage a peaceful protest in front of Pakhtunkhwa CM house and later the protest would be extended to the entire province and country,” he added. Nisar said that Imran’s reply was declared un-decent and inappropriate by the entire journalist community as the question was under domain of the journalist norms.