ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), a supreme body working for betterment of journalist in Pakistan, has condemned killing of a journalist in Khuzdar the other day and demanded an inquiry of the incident.
In a statement, PFUJ, strongly denouncing the killing, demanded an inquiry of the incident.
The statement said that the situation in Balochistan, especially in Khuzdar, was deplorable and unarmed journalists were being targeted with impunity.
The murdered journalist, Abdul Haq, had been working for a private TV channel for the last seven years and was also the general secretary of Khuzdar Press Club.
Haq had just come out of the press club when some unknown gunmen opened fire on him. He died on the spot.
It merits mentioning here that at least five journalists have been killed in Khuzdar during the last few years. These murders create a sense of fear that affects all media professionals in Pakistan and is felt most poignantly by those working in the conflict zones. The toll is still unacceptably high and reflective of the pervasive violence journalists confront across the country, said Asim Qadeer Rana, former Secretary General of the National Islamabad Press Club Islamabad. Pakistan’s journalists and media have been working under increasing pressure for the past few years.
The threats and dangers related to journalistic work in conflict zones were especially blatant in insurgency hit areas.