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Pakistan asks Karzai to pardon jailed journalist

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:43 PM
 
 Pakistani journalists carry posters with the picture of local reporter Faizullah Khan, who was detained and imprisoned in Afghanistan, during a protest for his release outside the press club in Karachi on July 15, 2014. Pakistan on Thursday, July 24, 2014, appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for "contacting terrorists". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan on Thursday appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for "contacting terrorists".

Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the Pakistani private TV channel ARY news, was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province.

He was sentenced earlier this month to four years in jail for entering without travel documents and communicating with militant sources.

Pervez Rashid, Pakistan's minister for information, urged Karzai to issue a presidential pardon.

 
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