LAHORE: Ambreen Fatima, wife of journalist Ahmed Noorani – who recently leaked an alleged audio of former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar – was reportedly attacked by unidentified assailants in Ghaziabad area of Lahore, according to several media reports.
According to details, Ambreen Fatima was travelling with her children when unidentified assailants struck her vehicle with an iron rod and shattered the car’s screen.
Several media outlets have reported that the attackers began following the journalist’s car when she left home. She then sped up the car after which the attackers threatened her with dire consequences and left.
Meanwhile, the Ghaziabad police station has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against ‘unidentified persons’. “I have no enmity with anyone”, Ambreen Fatima said in a statement.
Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Marriyum Aurangzeb strongly condemned the incident and termed the incident “shameful and intolerable”.
صحافی عنبرین فاطمہ پر لاہور میں حملے کے واقعہ کی شدیدالفاظ میں مذمت کرتے ہیں۔ یہ شرمناک اور ناقابل برداشت ہے کہ سچ بولنے والے صحافیوں کو گولی مار دی جائے، کالم، پروگرام بند کردئیے جائیں، نوکریاں چھین لی جائیں، اور ان کی زندگی اور روزگار کو ختم کرنے کی کوشش کی جائی۔
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) November 25, 2021
Journalist Gharida Farooqi also condemned the incident and noted that it comes just days after the Journalists Protection Bill was passed.
Strongly condemn attack on @Ahmad_Noorani wife @AmbreenFatimaAA who’s a journalist herself. She and kids attacked in Lahore in daylight. Just few days after Govt passed Journalists Protection Bill. #JournalismIsNotACrime
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) November 25, 2021
Ahmad Noorani had recently brought to light an alleged audio clip of former chief justice Saqib Nisar purportedly telling an unknown man that ‘they’ have decided to bring Imran Khan into power and Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have to be jailed.
However, Samaa TV had reported that the contents of the leaked audio clip were actually from a speech of the former chief justice, and it was therefore fabricated. While demands have been made to carry out a forensic examination of the audio leak, the controversy remains unresolved so far.