LAHORE - Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has strongly condemned the kidnapping incident of journalist Asghar Ali Theem and demanded the government to ensure his recovery within 48 hours.

Asghar Ali Theem, resident of Dakhan village in Shikarpur district, was on his way to home on November 7 when some unidentified men kidnapped him. He is associated with a daily Sindh Express as a reporter.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, PFUJ president Rana Muhammad Azeem and secretary general Amin Yousuf expressed their grief over the incident, demanding the Sindh government and police high ups to take action to ensure immediate release of Asghar Ali Theem.

In response to a letter written by Sukkur Union of Journalists, the PFUJ office-bearers assured to take up the matter with the Inspector General of Sindh Police, provincial authorities as well as federal government. They also demanded the federal and provincial governments to take steps for the security of journalists performing their professional duties in interior Sindh.

They said the journalist community is being targeted in Sindh which shows the provincial government has failed to give protection to media persons.

“The journalists will launch country-wide protest if the kidnapped reporter is not recovered within 48 hours,” the office-bearers added.