ISLAMABAD - Reiterating his government's commitment to freedom of press, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Sunday directed probe into the blatant use of force against journalists in Red Zone.

The spokesman of the prime minister office said that premier wanted to see the responsible persons penalised for their act of violence against the media persons who were performing their professional duties.

The spokesman made it clear that the acts of violence could be the individual acts and government highly condemned it.

Sources in the PM House informed that the prime minister talked to Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and directed him to take quick action against the cops who had beaten up the journalists without any provocation.

On the other hand to show solidarity with the media persons, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique drove to the Red Zone and himself snubbed the police officials for manhandling the mediamen by police force and made it loud and clear that no orders in this connection were passed.

He even grilled those handling the operation against the PAT and PTI protesters saying that no senior police officer was there to manage the police force and in the absence of their bosses the police cops were beating the people at their sweet will.

Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid also expressed solidarity with the media persons and assured that the culprits would be brought to book.

He further said that PML-N government believed in freedom of press and made it clear that they would ensure that the media persons would be facilitated in performance of their duties.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar also condemned the torture on media persons in Islamabad. He said media was the 4th pillar of state and it was not appropriate to target those who were doing their professional duties.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad also contacted the prime minister and interior minister about the torture on journalists and expressed his serious concern over the act.