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Journalist Seeks FIR Against MOHW Bureaucrat Amid Threats

Islamabad: A Senior Reporter at Daily Ausaf and ABN News, and former Joint Secretary of the National Press Club, Nadeem Chaudhary, has filed an application with the SHO Abpara Police Station seeking the registration of an FIR against Ashfaq Ghumman, Senior Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Works.

According to the application, Nadeem Chaudhary received threatening phone calls from a number registered as 03335171376 at 12:53 AM and 01:05 AM. The caller, who identified himself as Ashfaq Ghumman, allegedly used abusive language and issued threats against Chaudhary.

During the calls, Ghumman accused Chaudhary of reporting stories against him and stated, “I am Jutt from Sial, and I will not spare you. I will strangle you and drag you on the roads of Islamabad,” as per Chaudhary’s account in the application.

Expressing concern for his safety and that of his family, Chaudhary held Ghumman responsible for any potential harm. He has formally requested police protection and urged authorities to take action against Ghumman for the threats made.

In the application, Chaudhary mentioned that he had reported on alleged corruption in the Public Works Department (Batkhela Division) and the PIMS Cancer Project. He also highlighted an aired story on January 26, 2024, regarding the Islamabad High Court building, after which Ghumman sent him a WhatsApp message threatening legal action. Chaudhary’s response to the legal notice threat was a terse “Most Welcome.”

Nadeem Tanoli

Nadeem Tanoli is a seasoned journalist and a member of the National Press Club. With over a decade of experience, he has contributed to various Urdu and English newspapers. Recognized for his dedication to transparency and accountability, he is a recipient of the Right to Information Champion Award. For inquiries, he can be reached at
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