The Presidential Palace officials have apologized over the alleged beating of a senior journalist Abdullah Khenjani by the security guards of President Protective Service (PPS).

Presidential spokesperson Shahussain Murtazawi said he visited the office of 1TV News together Gen. Riaz Aryan and Haroon Chakhansuri to apologize over the alleged beating of Mr. Khenjani by PPS security guards.

Murtazawi further added that Mr. Khenjani was assured that the government is prepared to fully cooperate to thoroughly investigate the incident.

In the meantime, Mr. Khenjani appeared in a press conference later this afternoon claiming that the PPS security guards also briefly detained him besides checking his mobile phone.

Khenjani further added that he was invited for an off the record discussion with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani but was prevented to attend the meeting>

He also added that he was briefly detained, beaten, and his mobile was forcefully snatched and reviewed by the PPS guards.