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ISLAMABAD, Apr 30 (APP): Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists staged a sit-in outside an Urdu daily against alleged confinement of 35 journalists’ staff on the order of its Chief Editor.  The journalists under the leadership of RIUJ and National Press Club gathered outside the building of Daily when the abducted journalists sought help against the unlawful confinement. 
Over 100 journalists on the emergeny call of RIUJ rushed to the daily and staged sit-in and chanted slogans against illegal detention portraying middle ages culture of slave mentality by the Chief Editor of the daily..
The abducted Journalists from the windows of building yelled and told the fellow protestors that they have been locked in the News Room.
They were punished by the Chief Editor on demanding pay them for the last couple of months.
RIUJ President Tahir Rathore in his address outside the Daily Building demanded immediate release of abducted Journalists, other staff members and to pay them within a day the salary including dues of the previous months.
He said that newspapers employees were demanding salaries for the last three days but the Editor has refused to pay the same. The workers after refusal of salary payment, observed token strike.
Rathore demanded that if salaries were not paid and anti-law activities were not stopped, the RIUJ will hold protest outside the Parliament House.
President National Press Club Muhammad Afzal Butt also condemned the act of Chief Editor.
General Secretary RIUJ, Bilal Thaheem while addressing the journalists  gathering said that it is unfortunate and regrettable that majority of the lower staff in the newspapers is even getting less than Rs 7000 salary per month.
Local APNEC Chairman Qurban Satti said newspapers workers discharged their duties day and night with dedication but in return they were humiliated.
Later President RIUJ Tahir Rathore, President NPC Afzal Butt, RIUJ General Secretary Bilal Thaheem, Local APNEC Qurban Satti, former RIUJ President Shehryar Khan and scores of demonstrators went to Aabpara Police Station and lodged a written complaint duly signed
by the confined staff of the Urdu Daily.
 
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