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In a strong statement issued on Saturday night, the Karachi Press Club condemned the administration’s closure of the Quetta Press Club, calling it an attack on press freedom and a blatant violation of Article 19 of the Constitution. The statement, released by President Saeed Sarbazi, Secretary Shoaib Ahmed, and the governing body, demanded a high-level investigation into the matter. They warned that if the closure was not lifted within 24 hours, the Karachi Press Club would launch a robust protest.

President Saeed Sarbazi and Secretary Shoaib Ahmed emphasized that the closure of the Quetta Press Club is an unacceptable assault on journalists’ freedom and rights, viewing it as a conspiracy to silence them. Despite the threats and challenges faced by journalists, they remain committed to their responsibilities and will not be intimidated by such actions. Article 19 of Pakistan’s Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to freedom of expression, and the closure of the press club is a clear violation of this right.

The Karachi Press Club officials called on the federal government, the Federal Ministry of Information, and the Balochistan government to conduct a thorough investigation into the closure and immediately reopen the Quetta Press Club.