Editor Afaq newspaper arrested in midnight raid

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Srinagar: A senior journalist and owner of a local newspaper, Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police in a midnight raid at his residence in Srinagar last night.

Mr. Qadri, 62, printer and publisher of Daily Aafaq, an Urdu daily newspaper, was arrested in a case, as told by police officials, registered against him in the early 1990s.

As per reports, Mr. Qadri reached home last night at around 11:30 p.m. from his office, police had knocked at the door and took him away to the nearby Police Station.

Reportedly, Police had told the family that he was arrested in 1992 case registered against him and eight other journalists when he was running now-defunct local news agency JAK (Jammu and Kashmir) News. While he was shown absconding since then in the case, the other three journalists against whom the case has been registered have passed away.

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