Pakistani papers in N.Y. come under attack

June 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM
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NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Publishers of Pakistani newspapers distributed in New York have found their products disappearing because of an unknown group of men.

The New York Times said Sunday that publishers such as Mahammed Farooqi, who publishes the Pakistan Post, not only have had their literary products stolen from their community but also have faced threats from the unidentified men.

The 48-year-old journalist said starting May 23, the men began picking up all copies of his publication in the city and ultimately threatened his family should he continue his journalistic efforts.

"They told me, 'Look, just stop printing this newspaper; if you don't, you and your family will face the consequences,'" Farooqi said.

Farooqi said that while his fellow Pakistani immigrants have called for a meeting with the assailants, he is eyeing a more U.S.-based tactic.

"I am from a tribal society and I don't want to live in a tribal society here, too," he told the Times. "I don't want to hug each other and resolve the problem like that. I want to go to court."

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