Irfanul Haq

Beats Covered:
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The Baluchistan High Court in Quetta sentenced sub-editor Irfanul Haq and printer/publisher Iftikhar Adil of the Lahore-based Urdu-language evening newspaper Lashkar to six months in prison for inaccurate reporting. Despite their written apologies, the two journalists were convicted after publishing a report on the alleged theft of court records. The journalists were also fined Rs. 5000 (US$109). On January 12, 1998, Iftikhar Adil was released from prison after the Baluchistan High Court accepted his appeal and said that the days he spent in jail were adequate for his punishment. Haq was released a few days later.