Corruption is the deviant reality of our society. It is that decaying infection that can never be cleansed completely out of the moral wounds that inflict our society. A few among the normal people dare to raise their heads out of the common crowd and charge at the problems head-on. They meet countless resistance but still stand strong despite the winds howling against them. One such example is Iqrar-ul-Hassan, the brazen journalist who has been very active in rooting out corruption and evils that plague our society. His show Sar-e-Aam revolves around unmasking the corrupt faces of people who were assuming important positions in society. He is a prominent figure who is bent on making this world a better place and during his quest to purge the society of the evils, he has met severe resistance. One such example was the recent event that followed an attack of corrupt officers on Iqrar-ul-Hassan that has sent waves of shock across the entire internet.
Iqrar-ul-Hassan had unveiled the face of several IB officers who were too deep in the corruption. Due to his bold move of bringing those corrupt faces to the spotlight, he along with his team was attacked and badly beaten. The person who is alleged to have a row with Iqrar is the Director of Information Bureau, Syed Mohiuddin Rizwan, and his team. Their reason for attacking the journalist is because the host of Sar-e-Aam exposed their corruption through video proofs. After the attack, the anchorperson was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. He had suffered severe injuries with one of his shoulders dislocated and a rib fractured. His video and pics that showed the injured journalist was uploaded online where they took the internet by storm. The netizens were shocked by the incident. Tweets expressing support and compassion for Iqrar-ul-Hassan poured flooded the internet. The pictures of Hassan with a bloodied face and torn-up clothes invoked sympathy and strong opinions from all over the internet.
The incident had repercussions. The Deputy Director-General IB Nabi Tuni issued a notice according to which, five officers of IB were suspended for their mistreatment of Iqrar-ul-Hassan and his team. The perpetrators went as far as giving him electric shocks.
The sad incident following Iqrar-ul-Hassan proves that journalism still faces danger from the corrupt elements of society. It also proves that our society has brave and bold people who don’t fear opposing forces working against them. We hope that more and more brave journalists like Iqrar-ul-Hassan become important contributors to the field of journalism.