Safe Nowhere – Plight of Journalists in Pakistan – Part 3 | Case List of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty

Abbottabad – Khyber Pakhtoonkwa

 

Abrar Tanoli

Pic1 Name: Abrar Tanoli

Worked as: Reporter & Photographer

Worked for: Reuters, Daily Shumal & Daily Mahasib

Origin: Mansehra

Additional Desig(s): Gen. Secretary Mansehra Press Club

Died on: Mar 2, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot in the neck)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

 IFEX noted:Tanoli, the General Secretary of Mansehra Press Club, was a photographer for Reuters and a reporter for local newspapers, Daily Mahsib and Daily Shamal. According to PFUJ and the Abbotabad Union of Journalsits, he was under threat for his reporting and had recently been provided police protection for a two month period.In January, 2013, Tanoli was arrested and released on bail in a case of murder of two students, whose family had publicly threatened him of revenge.

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Express Tribune reported:

An unidentified assailant shot and critically injured Ibrar Tanoli, a photojournalist, on Sunday. He succumbed to his wounds at Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad on Monday.Enraged over the killing, media personnel arranged a protest rally from Mansehra Press Club to the Karakoram Highway (KKH) where they blocked the highway for over 30 minutes. Addressing the protesters, Mansehra Press Club President Shehzad Jehangiri said Tanoli had been receiving death threats from unidentified men and when he brought the matter to the DPO’s notice, he did not take any action and did not allow Tanoli to hire a private guard. The protesting journalists demanded a judicial inquiry into the case and the immediate arrest of the murderer. They also asked for compensation for the family of the slain journalist in the form of the Shuhada package, the victim fund for regional journalists, proper security for journalists in Hazara and the transfer of the DPO. They threatened to hold protests across the province, including sit-ins outside the provincial assembly, if their demands are not met by March 20.

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Badin – Sindh

 

Sufi Mohammad Khan

 

download (1) Name: Sufi Mohammad Khan

Worked as: (Investigative) Reporter

Worked for: Daily Ummat (Karachi)

Died on: May 2, 2000

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds 

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

CPJ Noted:Khan, 38, had a reputation for aggressive reporting on local drug trafficking and organized prostitution. In mid-April, he wrote an article alleging that Khatak, a resident of the village of Shadi Large, Badin District, was involved in drug trafficking. On April 30, Khatak visited Khan’s home, also in Shadi Large, and threatened to kill him, according to the editor ofUmmat. Khan, who had received many threats in the past and had been physically assaulted twice in the previous six months, ignored the warning and filed a story on Khatak’s alleged involvement with a local prostitute that ran in the May 2 edition of Ummat.

Sometime before noon that day, Khatak and three companions stopped Khan after he left his home by motorcycle. “I told you I would kill you,” Khatak reportedly said before opening fire. As Khan lay dying from multiple gunshot wounds, Khatak and his accomplices fled the scene in a white car.

About a 30 minuted after the killing, Khatak surrendered to police in the nearby village of Khoski, and the local press widely covered his confession. Police also suspected the involvement of the powerful Arbab family, which allegedly ran a prostitution ring out of Shadi Large that smuggled women from Punjab Province and sold them across the border in India. After Khan began covering this story, family members tried unsuccessfully to buy his silence. When Khan continued to write critical stories about the Arbabs, they filed a defamation case against him and his newspaper.

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Bajaur – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Noor Hakim Khan

noor hakim Name: Noor Hakim

Worked as: Correspondent

Worked for: Daily Pakistan

Origin:Additional Desig(s): Vice-President Tribal Union of Journalists

Died on: June 2, 2007

Reason of Death: Target bombing of vehicle

Threatened: No

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Noor Hakim, a reporter for the Urdu-language daily “Pakistan” and vice-president of the Tribal Union of Journalists was killed along with four other people in a bombing in Bajaur, in the northwestern Tribal Areas, on 2 June 2007.The fourth journalist to be killed in the Tribal Areas since February 2005, Hakim was travelling with an official and tribal chief from the Salkarzai region in a vehicle that was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb, killing all five occupants on the spot.Hakim had been invited by the local government to cover the demolition of the house of a man suspected of murder. A journalist from the Bajaur region told Reporters Without Borders that the vehicle carrying Hakim and the official appeared to have been targeted, as two preceding vehicles in the convoy went by before the bomb exploded. The region adjoins the Afghan province of Kunar.

Hakim had just been elected vice-president of the Tribal Union of Journalists. Its secretary-general, Aurangzeb Afridi, proclaimed three days of mourning for the organisation’s members. “We have asked the government to investigate this bombing and to bring Noor Hakim’s murderers to justice,” he said.Journalists Amir Nawab Khan and Allah Noor Wazir were shot dead by gunmen in Wana, in Waziristan, in February 2005. Reporter Hayatullah Khan was found dead in Waziristan on 16 June 2006, six months after being kidnapped.

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

Khan was traveling with a local official and a tribal chief who had taken a role in the case, according to news reports. Their car was third in a convoy returning from the area, reports said, suggesting it might have been targeted.

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Muhammad Ibhrahim Khan

download (1) Name: Muhammad Ibrahim Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Express News

Origin: Khar, Bajaur

Additional Desig(s): General Secretary of Tribal Union of Journalists (Bajaur Unit)

Died on: May 22, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: YES

Reporters Without Borders noted:Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, a reporter for privately-owned Express TV and its Urdu-language sister daily Express, was gunned down yesterday evening as he was returning from an interview with a Taliban leader in the Bajaur district of the Tribal Areas in northwestern Pakistan.

Khan was killed shortly after interviewing Maulvi Umar, the spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban Movement), in a secret location. Aged 44, he was returning to his home in Khar, the capital of Bajaur, by motorcycle when he was intercepted by men in a black car near Inayat Kalay (15 km outside Khar). Witnesses said his assailants took his mobile phone, camera and notes before shooting him and leaving his body at the roadside.

The local authorities said no one has claimed responsibility for the killing. It was condemned by the local leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, who offered his condolences to the victim’s family. The speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Fahmida Mirza, expressed his grief about Khan’s murder.

It was also condemned by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists secretary-general Mazhar Abbas, who said Khan was killed “because of his work and his dedication” and called on the government to arrest and try those who did it. Journalists in Khar said his murder was the result of a “conspiracy” and they called on the authorities in the Tribal Areas to protect journalists.

Express TV’s Peshawar bureau chief, Jamshed Baghwan, told Reporters Without Borders that “no member of the Taliban, tribal groups or government ever complained about this journalist, who was very trustworthy and professional.”

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Dawn reported:

KHAR, May 22: Unidentified assailants shot dead a correspondent of a private TV channel in Bajaur on Thursday.

Witnesses said that five gunmen sprayed Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, a correspondent for the Express television channel and Daily Express, with bullets near Inayat Kali while he was going to his village from Mamond tehsil on a motorcycle.

The newsman died on way to hospital. He left behind three sons and two daughters.

No group has claimed responsibility so far for the killing.

Ibrahim Khan was general secretary of the Tribal Union of Journalists (Bajaur unit).

 

Charsadda – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Mehboob Khan

download (1) Name: Mehboob Khan

Worked as: Photographer

Worked for: Freelance

Died on: April 28, 2007

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Khan, a photographer, was killed in a suicide bomb attack aimed at Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao. The minister escaped with minor injuries, but 28 people died in the attack at a political rally in North West Frontier Province, which is now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Three other journalists were injured in the attack.Khan, a 22-year-old who had recently begun his journalism career, had contributed photos to local and national publications. He was believed to be working at the time. Follow-up reports said the bomber was believed to have been a teenage male, and that security at the event was lax.

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:

Three more journalists were injured in the blast. They were ATV camera man, Arif Yousaf Zai , reporter Siddiqullah of Daily Subah and reporter Ayaz Muhammad of Associate Press of Pakistan (APP).

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Ubaidullah Azhar

download (1) Name: Ubaidullah Azhar

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Shumal

Died on: July 5, 2005

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: YES

Daily Times reported:Journalist shot dead in Dargai: Gunmen ambushed a car carrying a local journalist, killing him and another person in the vehicle in a tribal town in the North West Frontier Province, a police official said on Thursday. However, the official said it was not clear who was behind late Tuesday’s killings of Ubaidullah Azhar and his friend Gul Wahid in Dargai.

Meanwhile, Javed Aziz Khan, president of a representative body of journalists in the area has condemned the killings, and demanded the immediate arrest of those who were behind the attack.

Mukarram Khan Atif

mukarram Name: Mukarram Khan Atif

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dunya News (TV), Voice of America Deewa Radio

Died on: January 17, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Express Tribune reported:Station House Officer (SHO) Janzada Khan told The Express Tribunethat Atif had been shot by gunmen while he was praying in a mosque. “He [Atif] was in the middle of his prayers when the men fired at him thrice, one of the bullets pierced his body and injured the Imam (prayers leader) also,” said Janzada.

After the attack, he was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where he was pronounced dead. Medics confirmed that Atif had received bullet injuries in his head.The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Atif’s murder.  “We have been warning him to stop his propaganda against us in the foreign media. He did not include our version in his stories,” TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said in telephone calls to Peshawar-based journalists.

He warned that the TTP has several more mediapersons on their hit-list.Journalist bodies strongly condemned the killing of Atif and urged the government to take strict action against the killers.

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BBC reported:

A spokesman for the militants told the BBC that he was shot dead for not conveying the Taliban’s point of view.The spokesman said that he had been warned many times before for not telling their side of the story.The BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan in Karachi says that the Taliban had warned of dire consequences in recent propaganda statements and videos.

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Voice of American noted:

In a statement, Voice of America (VOA) said that he had been working for its Deewa Radio service since 2006.”Mr Atif risked his life on a daily basis to provide his audience with fair and balanced news from this critical region and we mourn the loss of our colleague,” VOA Director David Ensor said.

PPI Reported:

The United States Embassy in Pakistan strongly condemns the murder of reporter Mukarram Khan Atif. Atif’s reporting on security and extremism from the tribal belt brought to light the threat extremism poses to the peace and stability of Pakistan and the region.  We admire his commitment to finding the truth wherever it led him, in accordance with the highest principles of his profession.  We urge a full and transparent investigation that identifies the culprits of this crime and brings them to justice.The United States stands in solidarity with the journalists of Pakistan.  A free and open press is the best guarantee of the freedom and security of the Pakistani people.

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Dadu – Sindh

 

Ghulam Rasool Birhamani

download (1) Name: Ghulam Rasool Birhamani

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Sindhu

Origin: Wahi Pandhi

Additional Desig(s): None

Died on: May 10, 2010

Reason of Death: (Kidnapped and) Tortured to death

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:The body of Birhamani, 40, a reporter for the Daily Sindhu Hyderabad, was found outside his hometown of Wahi Pandhi, Sindh province, on May 10, a day after he was reported kidnapped. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the media support group Pakistan Press Foundation reported that his body was badly scarred and showed evidence of torture.Birhamani’s family believed he was killed because of his reporting on ethnic issues in Sindh province, the journalists union said. A colleague told the newspaper Dawn that Birhamani’s story on the marriage of a 12-year-old girl to a 22-year-old man might have been the specific trigger for the attack. Birhamani had received threats from members of the Lashari tribe just days before he was seized, the press foundation said.Hundreds of journalists turned out for a march to protest his killing. Dawn quoted some of the demonstrators as saying that police were reluctant to investigate because of political sensitivities. The journalists union said Birhamani had worked for many years for various Sindhi-language dailies. He left behind a wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Express Tribune reported:

Ghulam Rasool Birhamani was killed in Wahi Pandi on May 10, 2010 a day after he had been reporting missing. Birhamani has reported on the forced marriage and conversion of Hindu girls in Sindh which is why, his cousin Shah Mohammed Birhamani believes, he was targeted. Shah Mohammed Birhamani claims that the police arrested two men soon after his murder but that they were refusing to investigate the case any further because prominent locals were involved.

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Muhammad Azam Laghari

download (1) Name: Muhammad Azam Laghari

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dharti TV

Additional Desig(s): None

Died on:Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Daily Times reported:Journalist shot dead in Dargai: Gunmen ambushed a car carrying a local journalist, killing him and another person in the vehicle in a tribal town in the North West Frontier Province, a police official said on Thursday. However, the official said it was not clear who was behind late Tuesday’s killings of Ubaidullah Azhar and his friend Gul Wahid in Dargai.

Meanwhile, Javed Aziz Khan, president of a representative body of journalists in the area has condemned the killings, and demanded the immediate arrest of those who were behind the attack.

 

Darra Adam Khel – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Nasir Afridi

download (1) Name: Nasir Afridi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Khabrain

Additional Desig(s): President Darra Adam Khel Press Club

Died on: December 4, 2005

Reason of Death: Killed in Crossfire

Threatened: No

Targetted: No

International Federation of Journalists noted:On Sunday December 5, 2005, Nasir Afridi, the president of Darra Adam Press Club and journalist for a daily Urdu language newspaper, was shot and killed while driving in his car in Northern Pakistan.Afridi was killed by a stray bullet from a battle going on between the Bazi Khel and the Mala Khel tribes, according to IFJ’s affiliate in Pakistan, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ). A truck driver was also killed in the attack.The IFJ has expressed deep sorrow for the murder of Afridi and called on the authorities to launch a full investigation into the attack.

 

Daska – Punjab

 

Rana Ikram Shahid

download (1) Name: Rana Ikram Shahid

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Pakistan

Additional Desig(s): None

Died on: April 12, 2001

Reason of Death: Killed in a bomb blast

Threatened: Uncertain

Targetted: Uncertain

Killed under unknown circumstances. Sources claim the reason of death was a hand grande explosion.

 

Dera Ismail Khan – Khyber Pakhtoonkwa

 

Tahir Awan

download (1) Name: Tahir Awan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Aitadal, Daily Apna Akhbar

Died on: January 4, 2009

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targetted:  No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:A suicide bomber killed Imran, a cameraman trainee for Express TV, and Tahir Awan, a freelance reporter for the local Eitedal and Apna Akhbar newspapers, in North West Frontier Province, now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports.

The fatal explosion occurred in the wake of a smaller blast and apparently was intended to target the early responders to the scene, the reports said. At least five other people were killed and several more injured, including police and civilians, in the early evening attack, according to the news reports.

Daily Times reported:

Two journalists (Tahir Awan and Mohammad Imran) were killed in a suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan, one (Qari Muhammad Shoaib) was killed by security forces in Swat while all the others were murdered by unknown assailants although a few of them were suspected of being killed by militants.

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International News Safety Institute noted:

The suicide attack followed an explosion of low intensity. The suicide bomber struck when police and forensic experts were collecting evidence after cordoning off the area around the tea shop. The two journalists who lost their lives are Mohammad Imran and Dr Tahir Awan of local dailies Eitedal and Apna Akhbar.

According to witnesses, some people fired on an Edhi ambulance in Muryali area when it was taking the body of journalist Imran to his home. Two people were injured. The attack triggered panic in the city. Markets and shops were closed and law-enforcement’s personnel enhanced patrolling.

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Muhammad Imran

download (1) Name: Muhammad Imran

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: Express News TV

Died on: January 4, 2009

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targetted:  No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:A suicide bomber killed Imran, a cameraman trainee for Express TV, and Tahir Awan, a freelance reporter for the local Eitedal and Apna Akhbar newspapers, in North West Frontier Province, now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports.The fatal explosion occurred in the wake of a smaller blast and apparently was intended to target the early responders to the scene, the reports said. At least five other people were killed and several more injured, including police and civilians, in the early evening attack, according to the news reports.

Daily Times reported:

Two journalists (Tahir Awan and Mohammad Imran) were killed in a suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan, one (Qari Muhammad Shoaib) was killed by security forces in Swat while all the others were murdered by unknown assailants although a few of them were suspected of being killed by militants.

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International News Safety Institute noted:

The suicide attack followed an explosion of low intensity. The suicide bomber struck when police and forensic experts were collecting evidence after cordoning off the area around the tea shop. The two journalists who lost their lives are Mohammad Imran and Dr Tahir Awan of local dailies Eitedal and Apna Akhbar. According to witnesses, some people fired on an Edhi ambulance in Muryali area when it was taking the body of journalist Imran to his home. Two people were injured. The attack triggered panic in the city. Markets and shops were closed and law-enforcement’s personnel enhanced patrolling.

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Maqbool Siyal

download (1) Name: Maqbool Siyal

Worked as: Correspondent

Worked for: Online News Agency

Died on: September 14, 2006

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted:  Yes

International Press Institute noted:Maqbool Hussain Siyal, 32, who worked for the Pakistani Online News Network, was shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle in Dera Ismail Khan, 280 kilometres southwest of Islamabad. He died on his way to the hospital.

BBC reported: 

Maqbool Hussain Siyal was killed in a drive-by shooting in the town of Dera Ismail Khan late on Thursday.Police say they are looking for two masked gunmen who were riding a motorbike. They have made no arrests but are questioning a number of people.Police say it is too early to identify a possible motive. The family have said they have no feud with anyone.

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Daily Times reported:

The Shaheen Union of Journalists Pakistan (SUJP) has announced protests throughout the country against the killing of journalist Maqbool Hussain Siyal who was killed in Dera Ismail Khan on September 15. This was decided in a meeting chaired by SUJP President Hamidullah Jan.

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Gawadar – Balochistan

 

Abdul Hammed Hayattan

lala Name: Abdul Hammed Hayattan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Intikhab

Died on: November 18, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Tortured and shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Yes

Reporters without Borders noted:The body of Abdul Hameed Hayatan, a young Baloch journalist who was kidnapped in the southwestern port city of Gwadar on 25 October (http://en.rsf.org/pakistan-a-report…), was found beside the River Sami in Turbat, 40 km to the east, on 18 November.

His reporting critical of the Pakistani authorities and his support for the Baloch national movement were almost certainly the motive for his abduction and murder.

“If the local and federal authorities want to rein in the violence in the province of Balochistan, they must conduct an exhaustive and impartial investigation into Abdul Hameed Hayatan’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If it goes unpunished, the province’s journalists will have every right to treat it as another extrajudicial execution.”

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Hafizabad – Punjab

 

Nadeem Haider

nadeem haider Name: Nadeem Haider

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Dunya

Died on: October 3, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Dunya News reported:HAFIZABAD (Dunya News) – Daily Dunya’s correspondent Nadeem Haider was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Friday near Kaliki Mandi area of Hafizabad, Dunya News reported.According to the details, Nadeem Haider was teaching the students at his school at Kaliki Mandi area of Hafizabad when the unidentified gunmen entered and opened fire. Nadeem died on the spot while the gunmen escaped the scene.

The police reached the site after the incidents and sent the body to the hospital for the autopsy. The motive behind the killing is still unknown.Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and summoned the report from District Police Officer (DPO) Hafizabad.

Daily Times Reported:

A correspondent of an Urdu daily, Nadeem Haider, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen near Kaliki Mandi area of Hafizabad, while Mumtaz Khokhar, a cameraman of a private news channel, was killed in a road accident on Sundar Das Road on Friday.

According to the details, Nadeem Haider was teaching the students at his school at Kaliki Mandi area of Hafizabad when the unidentified gunmen entered and opened fire. Nadeem died on the spot while the gunmen escaped.The police reached the site after the incident and sent the body to the hospital for an autopsy. The motive behind the killing is still unknown.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and summoned a report from the district police officer concerned.

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Pakistan Press Foundation noted:

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly deploring the murders of two journalists in two separate incidents in Hafizabad, Punjab province, in recent days. With the tally of journalists killed in Pakistan now reaching 13 this year, the IFJ has demanded that the Pakistan government must take serious action on protecting the country’s media workers and heed global calls to tackle the country’s shocking impunity problem before more lives are lost.

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Yaqoob Shahzad

 yaqoob Name: Yaqoob Shahzad

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Express News TV & Express Daily

Died on: October 5, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation noted:The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly deploring the murders of two journalists in two separate incidents in Hafizabad, Punjab province, in recent days. With the tally of journalists killed in Pakistan now reaching 13 this year, the IFJ has demanded that the Pakistan government must take serious action on protecting the country’s media workers and heed global calls to tackle the country’s shocking impunity problem before more lives are lost.

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Dawn reported:

In the second incident of its kind within a week, unknown gunmen killed a journalist, who was also an office bearer of the district press club, in Punjab’s Hafizbabad area on Sunday. Yaqoob Shehzad, a father of four, was sitting in the office of a local journalist on Gujranwala road in Hafizabad district of Punjab when motorcycle-riding gunmen arrived at the spot and opened indiscriminate fire.

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Express Tribune reported:

Shehzad was sitting in a showroom when unidentified armed men entered the office and opened fire. Shehzad was shot thrice and killed, while one person sitting next to him was injured.

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Hangu – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Anwar Saleh

download (1) Name: Anwar Saleh

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Afghan Zagh Weekly

Died on: January 9, 2007

Reason of Death: Beheaded (Abducted & decapitated)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

International News Safety Institute noted:Anwar Saleh worked with the State-run Radio of Khost province, the BBC and most recently with Da Islam Zhagh Weekly. He was beheaded in Hangu area of NWFP, Pakistan, by a gang of unidentified armed men.

Dr. Habib Shah, the editor-in-chief of Afghan Zhagh , said that Anwar Saleh was about to write religious articles and satirical poems for the weekly newspaper. Concerning the killing of the reporter, he told Media Watch that “one of the reasons behind the killing of Anwar Saleh was his religious debates and arguments with Taliban in Hangu since he had sufficient religion related knowledge and had gone to Pakistan for further education. Anwar Saleh was also questioning the actions of the Taliban through his satirical poetry.”

Media Watch believes that the killing of Anwar Saleh demonstrates that Afghan refugees, journalists in particular are facing real danger in Pakistan and that the Afghan Government should officially notify its Pakistani counterpart of its responsibilities in this regard.

Misri Khan

Misri Name: Misri Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Ausaf, Daily Mashriq

Died on: September 14, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Khan, a newspaper reporter and head of the local journalists association, was shot several times as he entered the press club building in Hangu, near the border with Afghanistan, according to news reports and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Shahid Sabir, news editor for the Urdu-language daily Ausaf, said two or more assailants had apparently been lying in wait.Khan was a reporter for Ausaf, as well as Mashriq, an Urdu-language daily published in Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khan was also president of the Hangu Union of Journalists.

The English-language daily Dawn reported that Khan had received threats from militant organizations. Khan had been a journalist for more than 20 years, reporting for several newspapers during his career, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. He was survived by a wife, six sons, and five daughters.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists noted:

Condemning killing of Misri Khan, a senior journalist and President of Hangu Union of Journalist (HUJ) on Monday, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has demanded from the government to ensure arrest of the culprits without further delay.

PFUJ in statement issued here on Tuesday also demanded from the government of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa to compensate the deceased family that includes a widow, six sons and five daughters.

PFUJ noted with deep concern over the apathy of the government in ensuring protection of life and property of the journalists, adding that this incident once again made it clear that the life of the media persons in the conflict areas is not safe and killing of them has become order of the day.

The killing incident happened right outside the Hangu Press Club in Hangu city when some unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on Misri Khan Orakzai while he was entering his office.

Misri Khan (50), left behind nine children and a widow, was in the profession since 1994. He was known as a founder of Journalist in Hangu. He ran the famous Misri Khan News Agency in Hangu, the largest and one of the very few (and later, the only) news sources in the town.

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The News reported:

The sources said the 48-year-old newsman, who also owned a news agency, was waiting early morning outside the Press Club to receive copies of the newspapers when unidentified assailants sprayed him with bullets. He was seriously wounded and succumbed to his injuries at the District Headquarters Hospital, the sources added.

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Hub – Balochistan

 

Javed Nasir Rind

rind Name: Javed Nasir Rind

Worked as: Sub Editor

Worked for: Daily Tawar

Died on: November 5, 2011

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Rind’s body was found in Khuzdar on November 5, nearly two months after he was abducted, according to news reports. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his body showed numerous signs of torture, local news media reported. The killing appeared to have occurred shortly before the discovery.An editor and columnist with the Urdu-language Daily Tawar, Rind was kidnapped in his hometown of Hub in southern Baluchistan province on September 11. The Daily Tawar was known for its coverage of the many conflicts between rival groups and the government. Rind was also an active member of the separatist Baluch National Movement, news reports said.

The Baluchistan Union of Journalists condemned Rind’s kidnapping and murder and demanded that the government put together a high-level committee to investigate the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the killing.

Express Tribune reported:

Javed Naseer Rind’s name was added to the list of more than 10 journalists whose bodies have been found tortured and dumped in Balochistan.

Said to be in his mid-twenties, Rind’s bullet-riddled body was found dumped in Khuzdar, about 300 kilometers south of Quetta, on Saturday morning. He was a senior sub editor at a local daily Tawar, a pro-nationalist newspaper.

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The Nation reported:

A local journalist was abducted in Hub, the industrial town of Balochistan, on late Saturday night while a person was shot dead in Khuzdar.

As per reports, unidentified people abducted Javed Naseer Rind from IT Chowk Hub at gun-point and drove him away towards undisclosed location.

Javed Naseer Rind is a journalist and columnist, associated with a local daily, a Balochistan based Urdu language newspaper.

Police quoting eyewitnesses said abductors were riding in two separate cars who held Javed Naseer at gun-point and bundled him into the car and drove away.

Police have started investigation into the incident,however, so far police have found no clue of the abductors.

Meanwhile, unidentified people shot dead a person in Khuzdar district on Sunday.

Police said the incident occurred at Mishk area of Tehsil Zehri when armed men opened fire on Gohar Jattak before escaping from the site.

Resultantly, he received bullet wounds and died on the spot. Police shifted the body to local hospital for autopsy. However, motive behind killing is yet to be ascertained.

 

Hyderabad – Sindh

 

Rab Nawaz Chandio

download (1) Name: Rab Nawaz Chandio

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Halchal

Died on: September 7, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundations reported:It said the journalists killed included Zubair Ahmed Mujahid (daily Jang), who was killed in Mirpurkhas by unidentified people, Mehboob Khan (a freelance journalist), killed in Charsada in a bomb blast on a rally of former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Noor Ahmed Khan, killed in Bajaur during a roadside blast, Javed Khan (a photojournalist for daily Markaz), who was killed while covering a military operation against Lal Masjid in Islamabad in July, Muhammad Arif Khan (a cameraman for ARYONE WORLD) who died in a bomb blast at the homecoming rally of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on October 18 and Rab Nawaz Chandio (a reporter for daily Halchal), killed by unidentified people in Thatta.

The News reported:

Khadim Hussain Sheikh, Bureau Chief of a daily Urdu newspaper and local Sindhi channel was murdered on April 14, 2008 near Hub in Baluchistan. He is the second journalist killed in the troubled province in one year.The journalists killed last year are

• Chisthi Mujahid of weekly Akhbar-e-Jehan, who was shot dead in Quetta

• Zubair Ahmed Mujahid of daily Jang, killed in Mirpurkhas

• Mehboob Khan, freelance journalist killed in Charsada, during the bomb blast on the rally of former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao

• Noor Ahmed Khan, killed in Bajaur during a roadside blast

• Javed Khan, photojournalist for an Urdu daily newspaper was killed while covering Lal Masjid battle in Islamabad

• Mohammad Arif Khan, cameraman of a private TV channel, killed during the bomb blast on late Benazir Bhutto’s procession on October 17

• Rab Nawaz Chandio, reporter for a daily newspaper, killed by unknown person in Thatta and Syed Komail Mashadi.

The Guardian reported:

A reporter with the Indian newspaper Daily Halchal has been murdered on his way to work in Hyderabad. Rab Nawaz Chandio was shot by unknown assailants in Khursheed Colony. He died from his injuries on the way to hospital. (Via Dawn)

 

Islamabad – Federal Capital

 

Muhammad Ismail Malik

malik Name: Muhammad Ismail Malik

Worked as: Resident Editor

Worked for: PPI News Agency

Died on: October 31, 2006

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundations reported:Pakistan Press International (PPI) News Agency Thursday strongly condemned brutal target killing of its Bureau Chief at Islamabad Office Malik Muhammad Ismail and demanded of the government to give deterrent punishment to those involved after independent investigations preferably judicial inquiry.In a statement in Karachi, PPI News Agency said body of Muhammad Ismail, with his head smashed, was found on Wednesday morning lying among trees in a green belt, not far away from PPI office in F-6-I Super Market, Islamabad.According to the doctor who carried out autopsy of the body at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences PIMS, it seemed to be “a brutal target killing.” While, expressing deepest condolences, PPI prayed May Allah rest departed soul in eternal peace and hoped members of the bereaved family find the strength to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

PPI said Muhammad Ismail was a thorough professional admired for his courage in discharge of his responsibilities. His brutal killing creates doubts in minds of people that seem to be preplanned and called for investigating this brutal act at the earliest and deterrent punishment to the perpetrators.

Masud Mehmood

download (1) Name: Masud Mehmood

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Islam

Died on: July 4, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Killed in crossfire)

Threatened: No

Targetted:  No

Dawn reported:Journalists on Wednesday held a demonstration in front of the Press Information Department (PID) to protest the government’s inability to provide protection to media persons during the coverage of the Lal Masjid stand-off in which two journalists have been killed and another critically injured. The journalists started the protests after observing Fateha Khwani for the souls of the two journalists and prayed for the recovery of Wahab Saleem of Daily the Post, who has been critically injured on Tuesday. They offered their full support to the bereaved families and demanded of the government to conduct an inquiry into the incident and arrest the culprits and bring them to book.

They said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had done nothing to provide any group insurance cover to journalists who are turning out to be the most vulnerable segment during conflict situations. They said it was not known as to who was responsible for the death of Maulana Masud Mehmood, a reporter of Daily Islam, who was killed on Wednesday and Javed Khan, a photo journalist of Daily Markaz killed on Tuesday.

They said that unlike North American and Western European nations where health insurance was provided to journalists through either their employers or national plans, there was no such concept of a collective life insurance package for journalists in Pakistan.Fauzia Shahid, vice president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) said that it seemed that the government had no care for the journalists. She said that journalists had become more vulnerable in hostile environments and conflict situations in Pakistan after the expansion of the private television channels. She said that journalists had to report live crisis. She said the government should meet its obligations and take some steps for the safety of journalists.She said body armours like bullet proof vests, combat helmets and other gears should be provided.

Javed Khan

download (1) Name: Javed Khan

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: DM Digital

Died on: July 4, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Killed in crossfire)

Threatened: No

Targetted:  No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:One photojournalist was killed and several injured on 3 July 2007 while covering clashes between law enforcement agents and the students of Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad. The administration and students of Lal Masjid have been engaged in confrontations with the government since January.Javed Khan, cameraman of the Islamabad-based daily “Markaz” and of the UK-based DM Digital TV television station, lost his life after he was hit in the chest and neck by stray bullets thought to have been fired by paramilitary rangers. Khan was rushed to the hospital but passed away during surgery.

CNBC TV cameraman Israr Ahmed was wounded by three bullets. He is in critical condition with injuries to his spinal cord. Both Khan and Ahmed were injured when they were filming the burning vehicles parked inside a government building set ablaze by students of the Lal Masjid. Photographers Wahab Saleem of “The Post” daily newspaper and Raja Zafar of the “Express” daily also sustained bullet injuries and received out-patient treatment.

Geo TV bureau chief Absar Alam was hit by a stone thrown by students belonging to Lal Masjid, and required stitches to treat the injury. Several other journalists sustained minor injuries due to teargas shelling.

 

Jaffarabad – Balochistan

 

Zafarullah Jatak

Journo-Zafarullah-Jatak-236x300 Name: Zafarullah Jatak

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: (Freelance) Daily Intikhab

Died on: June 29, 2015

Reason of Death: Shot Dead (Bullet wounds)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Uncertain

Dawn Reported:

DERA MURAD JAMALI: A journalist was shot dead in Usta Mohammad town of Jaffarabad district early on Sunday.

Police said Zafarullah Jatak was asleep in his room when armed men broke into the house and opened fire at him. He received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot.

Mr Jatak was working as a part-time correspondent for the Quetta Urdu daily Intikhab.

After the attack police cordoned off the area and launched a search for suspects. However, no arrest was reported.

A police official told Dawn that a number of journalists had complained of receiving threats from some unidentified groups. He said investigators were trying to ascertain whether Mr Jatak’s murder was an incident of targeted killing or the result of some enmity.

 

Jamrud – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Hashimzada Khan

Janullah Name: Janullah Hashimzada Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: (Freelance) Shamshad TV (Afghanistan)

Died on: August 24, 2009

Reason of Death: Beheaded Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Four unidentified gunmen fired on the Afghan journalist and his colleague, Ali Khan, while they were traveling on a public minibus near the town of Jamrud, Khyber Agency, northwestern Pakistan, according to local and international news reports. A white sedan carrying the gunmen intercepted the bus with Hashimzada and Khan as it was en route to Peshawar from the Afghan border town of Torkham, according to The Associated Press. The gunmen targeted the journalists, killing Hashimzada and severely injuring Khan, according to AP. No other injuries were reported …… Both journalists worked for Afghanistan’s Shamshad TV. Hashimzada, the station’s Peshawar-based bureau chief for Pakistan, also reported for AP, the Pajhwok Afghan News agency, and other news outlets, the reports said. No one claimed responsibility for the killing, according to news reports. Hashimzada was known as a critic of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, and his reports had challenged the authorities and intelligence agencies in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the reports said. “He received threats four weeks ago to leave Peshawar and not report Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity in Pakistan. It is clear … he lost his life for reporting,” Danish Karokhel, director of Pajhwok Afghan News agency, told CPJ.

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BBC reported:

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead an Afghan journalist in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

Janullah Hashimzada, 40, was the bureau chief in Peshawar for Afghanistan’s Shamshad television channel. He was returning from Afghanistan when his bus was ambushed near Jamrud, the main town in Khyber tribal district. No one has admitted carrying out the attack. The area is a stronghold of the Taliban. Mr Hashimzada was an outspoken critic of the militants.

“The attackers in a Toyota Corolla car intercepted the bus and made it stop and then they went inside and shot him dead,” Reuters news agency quoted Rehan Khattak, a government official in Jamrud, as saying.

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Kandhkot – Sindh

 

Shahid Soomro

download (1) Name: Shahid Soomro

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Kawish

Died on: October 20, 2002

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Soomro, a correspondent for the Sindhi-language newspaper Kawish, was assassinated in the town of Kandhkot, Sindh Province, apparently in reprisal for his reporting on abuses committed during general elections held on October 10. At around midnight on October 20, three men went to Soomro’s home and tried to abduct him, according to his younger brother Aziz, who witnessed the crime. When Soomro resisted, the men shot him dead. Kawish editor Ali Kazi said that Soomro had at least nine bullet wounds and died almost instantly. The gunmen escaped with two accomplices in a white car waiting outside Soomro’s house, said local news reports.Aziz filed a case with police identifying three of the assailants by name, Wahid Ali Bijarani, Mohammad Ali Bijarani, and Mohammad Siddiq.

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Karachi – Sindh

 

Aftab Alam

140 Name: Aftab Alam

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Unknown (Previously of Geo and Samaa)

Died on: Sep 9, 2015

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes 

Express Tribune Reported:KARACHI: Two unidentified armed men shot dead senior journalist Aftab Alam on Wednesday in a drive-by shooting incident in North Karachi area.

Alam was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside his house located in Sector 11-C of North Karachi, sources told The Express Tribune.

Read: Targeted killing: Political leader shot dead in Orangi Town

The senior journalist was critically injured in the attack and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, sources added.

This is the second attack targeting media personnel in Karachi within 24 hours. Yesterday, a satellite engineer associated with Geo News was killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on the channel’s DSNG van in Karachi.

The media van of private the broadcaster was attacked in the Bahadurabad neighbourhood of eastern Karachi, where it was on assignment, police said. “The technician has died and the driver is injured in the attack,” police officer Irfan Asif told AFP.

Later, an official from private TV channel confirmed the death of the technician, named as Arshad Ali Jaffery.

Senior police officer Javed Jiskani said the police were gathering evidence from the area where the attack took place and had launched investigation.

Journalist unions had reacted immediately to the attack, calling for greater security for media personnel and the speedy arrest of the attackers.

Last year, one of Geo’s leading anchors Hamid Mir was attacked in Karachi, surviving with multiple gunshot wounds.

In 2011, gunmen shot dead Karachi-based Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar after he filed a report on criminal gangs warfare in the city.

Reporters without Borders, a media rights watchdog, says there has been a marked increase since 2014 in media freedom violations by government officials and various political factions in Pakistan.

Karachi, a port city of some 20 million and Pakistan’s economic hub, is frequently hit by Islamist, political and ethnic violence.

Read: Renewing resolve: Karachi operation to continue, come what may

Paramilitary forces began a sweeping crackdown on alleged militants in the city in 2013, which has led to substantial drop in overall levels of violence.

Arshid Ali Jaffari

geosatellitevan-geonewsvanattack-geonewskarachi-geodsng-geonews-arshadalijafri-geonewsvan_9-8-2015_196765_l Name: Arshid Ali Jaffari

Worked as: DSNG Operator

Worked for: Geo TV

Died on: Sep 8, 2015

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes 

Geo News Reported:KARACHI: Unknown gunmen attacked a Geo News Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van in the Bahadurabad area of the city on Tuesday night.

The driver and satellite engineer were injured in the attack and rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Geo News satellite engineer Arshad Ali Jafri succumbed to his injuries at the hospital while the driver Anees is said to be in stable condition.

Noman Ali

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAMRAAAAJDliNzQ5MTU4LWRhYTQtNDMzNS1iY2FlLTUwNGNkMWViODEyNA Name: Noman Ali

Worked as: HR Manager

Worked for: Bol TV

Died on: July 16, 2015

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes 

The News Tribe Reported: KARACHI: Head of Human Resources (HR) Department BOL TV Noman Ali Rajput has been shot dead in early hours of Thursday near Hydri area of North Nazimabad, Karachi.

According to sources, Noman Ali was on his way back home from office when unknown assailants opened fire on his car leaving him critically injured

Tariq Kamal

download (1) Name: Tariq Kamal

Worked as: Assistant Editor

Worked for: Daily Kawish

Died on: May 9, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes 

International Press Institute noted:

VIENNA, May 11, 2012 – The bullet-riddled body of Pakistani journalist Tariq Kamal, a Karachi-based reporter for a local Sindhi newspaper, was found on May 9 in the Pak Colony neighborhood of Karachi. The journalist had been reportedly kidnapped on May 6. The journalist’s body, which showed signs of severe torture, was found together with the body of his friend, Fawad Sheikh, who had accompanied him to the volatile area, according the Pakistani newspaper, The News.

According to The News, Kamal’s brother, Talha, told Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amir Farooqi that the journalist had left home some five days earlier for Vinder, Balochistan, to work on an exclusive report. Amir Farooqi said that the family talked to Kamal one day after his departure, but did not hear from him after that and filed a missing person report.

In the evening of May 8, “the family got a call from Kamal, who sounded disheartened, and informed them that it was his last call, as his captives were about to kill him in a few moments. He said they were being killed on the orders of a ‘sardar’,” Amir Farooqi said.

According to the Dawn.com newspaper website, Kamal’s and Sheikh’s families were quoted as saying that they had received a call from kidnappers who told them that both the men were police informants and would be killed for that reason.

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Daniel Pearl

Daniel Name: Daniel Pearl

Worked as: Bureau Cheif

Worked for: Wall Street Journal

Died on: February 12, 2002

Reason of Death: Beheaded (Abducted and decapitated)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:U.S. government officials confirmed on February 21 that Pearl, kidnapped South Asia correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, had been killed by his captors.The exact date of his murder was uncertain, but authorities announced his death after receiving a graphic, three-and-a-half minute digital videotape containing scenes in which one of the killers slits Pearl’s throat, and then someone holds his severed head. The faces of the assailants are not visible on the video, according to news reports.Pearl, 38, went missing on January 23 in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan, and was last seen on his way to an interview at the Village Restaurant, downtown near the Metropole Hotel. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pearl had been reporting on Richard Reid, a suspected terrorist who allegedly tried to blow up an airplane during a transatlantic flight with a bomb in his shoe.See full story here

Daniel Pearl’s case is one of three (out of 105) in which there has been reported prosecutions.

Dawn reported:

KARACHI: A British-Pakistani man convicted of the killing of US reporter Daniel Pearl has attempted to commit suicide in a Pakistani prison, an official said Saturday.“Omar Sheikh, a British-Pakistani, who is serving life imprisonment in Hyderabad prison, tried to hang himself with the exhaust of the prison cell late Friday,” senior police official Akram Naeem told AFP.

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Saghir Hussain Kazmi

syed Name: Saghir Hussain Kazmi

Worked as: Sub Editor

Worked for: Daily Mashriq

Died on: February 20, 2003

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes (Circumstances unclear)

Dawn reported:Allama Turabi said that Qari Saeed of Darul Uloom of Amjadia, Qari Attaul Hasan, journalist Syed Saghir Hussain Kazmi and Khalid bin Waleed were killed by terrorists but the police had so far failed to arrest the killers.

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Azhar Abbas Haideri

download (1) Name: Azhar Abbas Haideri

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: The Post Daily

Died on: October 17, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes (Circumstances unclear)

Community to Protect Journalists noted:

The Committee to Protect Journalists is distressed to learn of the shooting death of Azar Abbas Haidri, a staff reporter forThe Post, the Islamabad-based, English-language daily. Azar’s body was found in Karachi early Tuesday morning. He had gone there to celebrate the Muslim Eid holiday with his family.

“We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Azar Abbas Haidri,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. “We urge police to follow through on the investigation of this killing.”

Initial news reports offered conflicting information, although most said that Azar was shot at close range and that his body showed evidence of a beating. In an editorial, The Post said “his dead body carried signs of torture.”

The Post’s editorial also said that “police have termed it a target killing, conjecturing that the culprits had killed him at another place and then dumped his body.” The editorial, citing police sources, said a rickshaw driver drove away after dumping the body along a road in the densely populated Lyari section of Karachi.

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Muhammad Arif

download (1) Name: Muhammad Arif

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: ARY One World TV

Died on: October 18, 2007

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:

A cameraman for a local national television channel was among the 138 people killed in bomb blasts in the crowded procession to welcome former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her return to Karachi, Pakistan after eight years of self imposed exile.

The two bomb blasts that occurred just after midnight on 19 October 2007 also injured a number of journalists who had to be treated for shrapnel wounds.

The deceased, Muhammad Arif, a cameraman with the private “ARY One World” television channel, leaves behind a young wife and six children, aged between one and seven. He was recently transferred to ARY’s London office and had delayed his departure to cover the arrival of Benazir Bhutto.

Among those injured is Rashid Ali Panhwar, a reporter associated with the Electronic News Gathering (ENG) service of the state owned Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), who underwent surgery for the removal of six inch
shrapnel from his abdomen.

Talat Anjum, a cameraman with “APNA” television channel, and Syed Athar Hussain, a photographer with the daily “Jurrat”, were also among those injured.

Arif and the injured journalists were covering the arrival of Bhutto, who herself escaped unhurt in the blasts.

Murid Sheikh

download (1) Name: Murid Sheikh

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Khabrain

Died on: October 18, 2007

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

Died in the suicide attack Benazir Bhutto’s convoy on Karsaaz (Karachi).

Wali Khan Babar

babar Name: Wali Khan Babar

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: ARY News TV

Died on: December 31, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Babar, 28, was shot shortly after his story on gang violence aired on the country’s most widely watched broadcaster, Geo TV. At least two assailants intercepted the journalist’s car at 9:20 p.m. in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area, shooting him four times in the head and once in the neck, Geo TV Managing Director Azhar Abbas told CPJ. Witnesses said one assailant spoke to Babar briefly before opening fire, Abbas said.

In April, police announced the arrests of five people and said additional suspects were at large. In all, police said, at least 17 men were involved in the murder plot. Police, based on statements given by the suspects, described a plot organized by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, Pakistan’s third-largest political party and considered its most influential secular political organization. A Joint Investigation Team report said the killing had been ordered by Agha Murtaza, a South Africa-based MQM operative. Zulfikar Mirza, home minister of Sindh, was outspoken at the time in saying that MQM operatives were responsible for the killing.

Local journalists believe the killing was prompted by Babar’s aggressive reporting on violent political turf wars, extortion, targeted killings, electricity theft, and land-grabbing. Just weeks after Babar was slain, several people connected to the investigation were murdered. They included a police informant, two police constables, and the brother of an investigating officer. One of the constables, Asif Rafiq, was on the scene when Babar was murdered and had identified the plotters’ vehicle. On November 10, 2012, two gunmen aboard a motorcycle killed Haidar Ali, the only remaining witness in the case, near his home in the Soldier Bazaar area of Karachi. He was due to testify in court two days later.

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The News reported:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the convictions–the first in the murder of a Pakistani journalist Wali Khan Babar–but calls on authorities to ensure the masterminds are brought to justice.”These convictions mark a significant step in addressing the deep-rooted culture of impunity surrounding the murders of journalists in Pakistan. They indicate what can be achieved when the country’s legal system commits itself to pursuing justice,” said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz.”But justice will remain incomplete until the masterminds in Wali Khan Babar’s case are also brought to trial.”On Saturday, An Anti-terrorism court convicted six defendants for their roles in the murder of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo TV journalist who was shot dead in Karachi on January 2011. Judge Mushtaq Ahmed Leghari, who presided over a special Anti-Terrorism Court, sentenced Naveed Polka, Muhammad Ali Rizvi, Faisal Mahmood, and Mohammad Shahrukh Khan to life in prison. Two others, Kamran (alias “Zeeshan”) and Faisal Mota, who have not yet been arrested, were given the death sentence in absentia.A seventh man, Mohammed Shakeel, was acquitted for lack of evidence.

The News reported:

Faisal Mahmood alias Mota, who has been arrested by the Sindh Rangers during a raid at the Nine-Zero headquarters of the MQM, was wanted by the Sindh police after a Karachi Anti Terrorism Court had awarded him death sentence in absentia in March 2014 for masterminding the 2011 murder of the Geo TV’s reporter, Wali Khan Babar. Wali Babar Khan was gunned down in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi on January 13, 2011 when he was returning home from office. On March 1, 2014, an ATC presided over by judge, Mushtaq Ahmed Leghari, had awarded death sentence to two proclaimed offenders, Faisal Mahmood Mota and Kamran alias Zeeshan, and life imprisonment to four other accused – Faisal Mahmood alias Nafsiyati, Naveed alias Polka, Muhammad Ali Rizvi and Shah Rukh alias Mani. The Sindh police had subsequently announced a Rs. 2 million head money for providing information about the whereabouts of Faisal Mahmood Mota, being the mastermind of the journalist’s brutal murder.

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Zaman Ibrahim

download (1) Name: Zaman Ibrahim

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Extra News

Died on: April 14, 2007

Reason of Death: Shot dead

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Express Tribune reported:Zaman Ibrahim, 40, a newspaper’s crime reporter, was shot dead on Sheedi Village Road in Lyari, Karachi on March 3. See full story here

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

Ibrahim was riding his motorcycle when two motorcyclists shot him in the head, according to Pakistani news reports. The journalist had worked for several small Urdu-language papers. He also was involved with a local group called the People’s Aman Committee, the militant counterpoint of the Pakistan People’s Party to the armed militias of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party. The groups are known for their violent tactics.Ibrahim, 40, had two children. Although he had worked for several different newspapers for several years, his most recent job was at the Daily Extra News. Police told reporters investigating the shooting that they believed he was killed over an internal party dispute.

Murtaza Rizvi

rizvi Name: Murtaza Rizvi

Worked as: Assistant Editor

Worked for: Dawn (Head of Magazines)

Died on: April 8, 2012

Reason of Death: Tortured to death

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

PBS reported:“I have lived in several countries and felt at home; ditto for my wife,” he wrote. “But we’re raising our three daughters in Pakistan because if people like us left, we felt we’d be abandoning this country to the forces of darkness. “We wouldn’t leave Pakistan for the moon, just yet. We holiday abroad to show the girls what the ‘normal’ world is like, and that we too should be like them. Of course, the girls will make their own choices when they grow up. ”Razvi earlier had met with a group of visiting U.S. journalists in the Karachi offices of Dawn to talk about the criticisms some media outlets receive for their coverage and the challenges of reporting and living in Pakistan, which led to our follow-up email exchange. On Thursday, Razvi, the editor of the magazine section of Dawn Media Group in Karachi, was found in an office apartment building, apparently strangled to death. There was evidence of torture.

Dawn reported that his family was cautioning against speculation on his death until the police could finish its investigation.

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Express Tribune reported:

Murtaza Razvi, senior assistant editor (head of Dawn Magazines), was murdered in the DHA area of Karachi during the early hours on Thursday. Police said that the body was found from an office flat in DHA. There are reports that the crime scene has been sealed by the police. According to a Dawn statement, the body bore torture marks and the hands were tied. It appeared that Razvi had been strangled to death, but police have said that the real cause of death will be established after the post-mortem.

The body was found by his wife and artist Shahid Rassam in the latter’s studio. Razvi’s body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy. He was reported missing by his wife when he did not come home on Wednesday night.Razvi’s family has said that he did not have any personal enmities and have requested that the media not speculate till the police has apprehended the killer(s). Razvi is survived by his wife and three daughters.His funeral prayers will be held at Jama Masjid Yasrab in DHA Phase IV, after Friday prayers on April 20, 2012.

He was a well-known columnist and political analyst who served as as a resident editor for Dawn, Lahore from 2005 to 2007.He also authored two books, ‘Musharraf: the years in power’, a political biography of former president Parvez Musharraf, as well as ‘Ordinary People’ which comprised interviews with ordinary citizens of Pakistan about history, society and culture.

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

The ceremony for Murtaza Razvi was held in Karachi Friday. Even as more details of the killing of one of the Dawn Media Group’s most senior journalists emerge, it’s difficult to discern a motive. Several Pakistani media quoted an anonymous police official as saying, “We are investigating into the matter but it is a case of murder because his hands were tied and his body bore torture marks and he had apparently been strangled to death” with a belt. The official said police are waiting for the postmortem report.

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Abdul Razik Baloch

haji Name: Abdul Razik Baloch

Worked as: Sub Editor

Worked for: Daily Tawar

Died on: August 21, 2013

Reason of Death: Tortured to death (Abducted and killed)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Razzaq, 35, a copy editor for the news desk of the Urdu-language pro-Baluch nationalist newspaper Daily Tawar, had been missing since March 2013. He was last seen leaving his friend’s house in the Liyari neighborhood of Karachi on March 24, 2013 according to news reports.

Razzaq’s body was found in the Surjani Town area of Karachi on August 21. His face was mutilated, and his body showed signs of strangulation and torture, according to Agence France-Presse. His body was found alongside that of another man from Baluchistan, according to news reports. The reports cited unnamed police sources as saying they found paper slips with the names of both victims along with the bodies. At least 16 bodies of Baluch individuals were found in the Surjani Town area of Karachi in the six months preceding Razzaq’s death, according to news reports. Razzaq’s family initially denied that the body was that of the journalist, but then later confirmed his identity, reports said. Daily Tawar is known for its coverage of the many conflicts between rival groups and the government.

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Express Tribune reported:

A body found dumped on the outskirts of Karachi was on Thursday identified as that of a journalist who had gone missing from Lyari five months ago. Two bodies were found on Tuesday in the west of the city, and a piece of paper found on one suggested that he was missing journalist Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch, who was associated with the Baloch Urdu-language daily Tawar. The body, however, bore so many torture marks that his relatives needed several trips to the mortuary before they could confirm its identity. “His face was not recognisable but his arms and feet made us recognise his body,” said Saeeda Sarbazi, Razzaq’s sister.Razzaq, 42, was an ethnic Baloch and worked as a subeditor at the Daily Tawar (Voice). He had gone missing in late March after finishing his day’s duties. Sindh provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon said that authorities were “trying to collect information” on the case.

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Waqas Aziz

waqas Name: Waqas Aziz

Worked as: DSNG Staff (Engineer)

Worked for: Express News

Died on: January 19, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:At least four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire on an Express TV van, used for live transmissions from the field, which was parked in the North Nazimabad suburb of Karachi, according to news reports and Kamal Siddiqi, editor of the English-language paper The Express Tribune. The attack killed Khan, a broadcast technician, as well as Mohammad Khalid, the crew’s driver, and Ashraf Arain, a security guard, the reports said. A cameraman, identified only as Mehtab, was also injured in the attack, the reports said. The Express Tribune reported that law enforcement found at least 17 shell casings from 9mm and .32 caliber pistols at the crime scene. These were sent to the police forensic division, the paper reported.

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Express Tribune reported:

Three people associated with Express News were killed when a van belonging to the channel came under attack near the Matric board office in Nazimabad area of Karachi on Friday evening, Express News reported.According to the Express News bureau chief Aslam Khan, the van had been parked near the Matric Board Office as part of routine field deployment when it came under attack.The attack left technician Waqas , driver Khalid, and guard Ashraf injured. They were rushed to the hospital where they succumbed to their wounds.

DIG West Javed Odho said there were four attackers on two motorbikes who leaned into the vehicle and fired seventeen bullets using 9mm pistols and suppressors. This is the third attack on Express News following firing by unknown men at the offices in August 2013, and an attack with crackers in December 2013. The attacks had left at least four people injured.

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Muhammad Ashraf

ashraf Name: Muhammad Ashraf

Worked as: DSNG Staff (Security Guard)

Worked for: Express News

Died on: January 19, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: Yes

Express Tribune reported:According to the Express News bureau chief Aslam Khan, the van had been parked near the Matric Board Office as part of routine field deployment when it came under attack. The attack left technician Waqas, driver Khalid, and guard Ashraf injured. They were rushed to the hospital where they succumbed to their wounds. DIG West Javed Odho said there were four attackers on two motorbikes who leaned into the vehicle and fired seventeen bullets using 9mm pistols and suppressors. This is the third attack on Express News following firing by unknown men at the offices in August 2013, and an attack with crackers in December 2013. The attacks had left at least four people injured.

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Khalid Khan

Khalid Name: Khalid Khan

Worked as: DSNG Staff (Driver)

Worked for: Express News

Died on: January 19, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:At least four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire on an Express TV van, used for live transmissions from the field, which was parked in the North Nazimabad suburb of Karachi, according to news reports and Kamal Siddiqi, editor of the English-language paper The Express Tribune.

The attack killed Khan, a broadcast technician, as well as Mohammad Khalid, the crew’s driver, and Ashraf Arain, a security guard, the reports said.

A cameraman, identified only as Mehtab, was also injured in the attack, the reports said.The Express Tribune reported that law enforcement found at least 17 shell casings from 9mm and .32 caliber pistols at the crime scene. These were sent to the police forensic division, the paper reported.

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Express Tribune reported:

Three people associated with Express News were killed when a van belonging to the channel came under attack near the Matric board office in Nazimabad area of Karachi on Friday evening, Express News reported. According to the Express News bureau chief Aslam Khan, the van had been parked near the Matric Board Office as part of routine field deployment when it came under attack. The attack left technician Waqas , driver Khalid, and guard Ashraf injured. They were rushed to the hospital where they succumbed to their wounds. DIG West Javed Odho said there were four attackers on two motorbikes who leaned into the vehicle and fired seventeen bullets using 9mm pistols and suppressors. This is the third attack on Express News following firing by unknown men at the offices in August 2013, and an attack with crackers in December 2013. The attacks had left at least four people injured.

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Muhammad Amir

arif Name: Muhammad Amir

Worked as: DSNG Staff

Worked for: ARY News (TV)

Died on: September 21, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Hit by stray bullets)

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Private ARY TV news channel employee Amir was killed while driving a news crew to cover violent protests in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Protesters were demonstrating against a film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad.Amir died in a local hospital from injuries he sustained when three bullets hit the vehicle, according to The Associated Press and local news reports citing ARY TV broadcasts. While some local news reports said police were responsible for the shooting, local authorities told journalists an independent inquiry was needed to identify the source of fire.

 

Karak – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Ayub Khattak

ayub Name: Ayub Khattak

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Karak Times

Died on: October 11, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: Yes

The News reported:Some unknown persons gunned down a local journalist Ayub Khattak on Saturday here, Geo News reported. Eyewitnesses said that the unidentified gunmen waiting outside the house of the local journalist Ayub Khattak targeted him no sooner he came out of his house located at Takht Nusrati here. Later, Ayub Khattak’s body was shifted to the district headquarter hospital.The family members of the deceased said that Ayub Khattak had no enmity with anyone.

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:

Ayub Khan Khattak, 42, reporter of a local newspaper “Karak Times” was shot dead outside his home by two gunmen, on October 11, 2013 in Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province of Pakistan. The gunmen, waiting on a motorcycle, opened fire on Khattak as he was returning home with his son at around six in the evening after offering prayer. He died on the spot and the attackers fled the scene. A criminal complaint (FIR) has been registered by Shams-ur-Rehman, the son of slain journalist, who was the eye witness of his father’s killing, against Ameenullah and Hub-e-Niaz.Malick Arshad, President Khyber Union of Journalists KUJ told Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) that Khattak published news against the drug mafia that could be the reason of his killing as the accused were involved in many cases of robbery and drugs selling. While Muhammad Aslam Khattak, Inspector of Latamber Police Station, where the murder case was filed, told PPF that both the accused were caught few days ago in a robbery case and were later released on bail. Khattak published that story in his newspaper and this could be the cause behind his killing. He said police is investigating the accused could be arrested soon.

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Khairpur – Sindh

 

Makhdoom Rafiq

download (1) Name: Makhdoom Rafiq

Worked as: Editor

Worked for: Daily Nijat

Died on: January 13, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Uncertain

Daily Times reported:Makhdoom Mohammad Rafiq, chief editor of Sindhi newspaper Nijaat, was killed by unidentified men, apparently in a dispute over property, in Khairpur on Saturday. Two motorcyclists shot him at a flourmill near his house and fled. Rafiq was taken to Taluka Hospital in Gambat, where he died. Residents of the area said Rafiq was involved in a property dispute with people of the Channa clan. The disputed plot is situated near Abul Wah in Khuhra.

A case has not been registered so far but police have raided houses of several men from the Channa clan and arrested a number of suspects whose names they did not reveal. Rafiq will be buried on Saturday night or Sunday morning. He is survived by three widows, four sons and three daughters.

Noor Ahmad Solangi

download (1) Name: Noor Ahmad Solangi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Khabroon

Died on: June 17, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Reporters Without Borders has voiced revulsion at the murder of Noor Ahmed Solangi, a correspondent for the Sindhi-language newspaper “Khabroon” in Kingri, Sindh province. Complete story-Ahmed Solangi, 34, died in a hail of nine bullets after he was ambushed by six people on motorbikes armed with Kalashnikovs, who shot him at point blank range as he was distributing newspapers on 17 June 2007.
“We are shocked by the murder of Noor Ahmed Solangi less than three weeks after the killing of Noor Hakim in the tribal areas on 2 June,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The deteriorating working conditions and the insecurity facing journalists in the rural areas of the country are extremely worrying. It is crucial that the local authorities find and punish the killers of Noor Ahmed Solangi and that the Pakistani authorities put an end to this lawlessness,” the organisation said. Sindh’s rural areas are currently the scene of serious conflict between rival clans.A friend of the reporter, Khan Muhammad, told Reporters Without Borders, “Solangi had received death threats two days previously, from the Junejo tribe, which was unhappy about his reports.” The journalist had written an article contesting allegations by Junejo members that a rival clan had killed some of its members in a recent clash. The journalist asserted that they had been killed by police officers. The family of the murdered journalist has begun legal proceedings against members of the Junejo clan: Hadu Junejo, Makal, Nazir, Ghulam Haiser, Siddiq and Nural.A reporter with Sindh TV News, Abdul Khaliq, dismissed the theory that Ahmed Solangi was killed for ethnic reasons. “He was killed because of his profession,” the journalist said.

International Press Institute:

Noor Ahmed Solangi, a journalist with the Sindh-language daily Khabroon was shot dead by unknown individuals in Pirjo. The journalist’s murder led to demonstrations by journalists’ organisations. Journalists covering the local parliament also walked out in protest at Solangi’s murder. There was no apparent motive for the journalist’s death.

Ashiq Ali Mangi

download (1) Name: Ashiq Ali Mangi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Mehran TV

Died on: February 17, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Two men shot Mangi on his motorcycle while he was en route to his district press club in the town of Gambat, north of Karachi, before fleeing the scene, according to local press freedom group the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports. Mangi, a reporter for private television channel Mehran TV, may have been targeted because of his coverage of a local feud between two ethnic groups, the reports said.

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Express Tribune reported:

Half of the Pakistani journalists were killed as a direct result of attacks on public gatherings. Those who died included a correspondent of Mehran TV Ashiq Ali Mangi, correspondent of Independent News of Pakistan Fiaz Muhammad Khan Sasoli, Hangu based journalist Haji Misri Khan Orakzai, correspondent of Daily Pakistan Mujeebur Rehman Siddiqui, Khuzdar Press Club President Muhammad Khan Sasoli, and Abdul Hameed Hayatan from Royal TV.

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Mushtaq Khand

download (1) Name: Mushtaq Khand

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dharti TV

Additional Desig(s): Former President of Khairpur Press Club

Died on: October 7, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Killed in the crossfire)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Uncertain

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Khand, 35, was among six people killed when gunmen opened fire on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rally in Khairpur in Sindh province. A 10-year veteran journalist, Khand was a reporter for Dharti Television Network and had been the president of the Khairpur Press Club for five years. He had also worked for the Sindhi newspaper Mehran in Hyderabad.

Police conducted overnight raids after the shooting and arrested 10 unidentified suspects, news reports said. News accounts reported different motives for the shooting. Investigators first blamed a family feud for the attack; Geo TV reported the gunfire erupted after an argument between two rival groups at the rally.

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Jewan Arian

arian Name: Jewan Arian

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dharti TV

Died on: November 5, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

The National reported:In Sindh, Jewan Arian was another terror victim from Khairpur. In Punjab, Yaqub Shahzad from Hafizabad and Mian Nadeem Haider from Mianwali died in violence. Irshad Mastung and Ghulam Rasool were killed in their office in Quetta, Balochistan, while another Afzal Khwaja in Jaffarabad in what is dominantly believed to be a terror-related incident.

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The News reported:

In 2014, eight journalists were killed including Jewan Arian (Gambat Khirpur), Shan Dahar (Larkana), Irshad Mastoi (Quetta), Afzal Khawaja (Jafferabad), Yaqoob Shehzad (Hafizabad) Nadeem Hyder (Hafizabad), Shehzad Iqbal (Mianwali) and Ibrar Tanoli (Abbottabad).

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Khuzdar – Balochistan

 

Wasi Ahmad Qureshi

download (1) Name: Wasi Ahmad Qureshi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Balochistan Express

Died on: April 16, 2009

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:The gate of the press club was locked after its treasurer, Munir Shakir, was killed in August 2011. There was no one left in the city who was willing to keep it open and risk their lives. Shakir’s was the fourth killing of a member of the press club in two years. The first was Wasi Ahmed Qureshi, a reporter based in Khuzdar, who was killed in 2009. Only days after his killing, Faizuddin Sasoli, a former president of the press club, was murdered. In 2010, another president of the press club, Muhammad Khan Sasoli, was gunned down.

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Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

Gunmen opened fire on Qureshi and his colleague, Muhammad Siddiq Mosiani, near a newsstand in Khuzdar district in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on April 11, according to Qureshi’s editor and local news reports. Qureshi was treated in a local hospital for two gunshot wounds to the stomach, but died five days later, news reports said. Mosiani survived, according to the reports. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, according to Asif Baloch, the editor of the Quetta-based Daily Azadi. Local officials said they were investigating but had made no progress, he said. Although some news reports said militants from the separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army carried out the shooting, Baloch said they had not claimed responsibility and had no known reason to attack the journalist.

Faiz Khan Sasoli

sasoli Name: Faiz Khan Sasoli

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dawn News TV, Daily Zamana

Additional Desig(s): Former President Khuzdar Press Club

Died on: December 15, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:The gate of the press club was locked after its treasurer, Munir Shakir, was killed in August 2011. There was no one left in the city who was willing to keep it open and risk their lives. Shakir’s was the fourth killing of a member of the press club in two years. The first was Wasi Ahmed Qureshi, a reporter based in Khuzdar, who was killed in 2009. Only days after his killing, Faizuddin Sasoli, a former president of the press club, was murdered. In 2010, another president of the press club, Muhammad Khan Sasoli, was gunned down.

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Express Tribune reported:

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Saturday demanded an immediate investigation into the death of Mohammad Khan Sasoli, who was shot dead in Khuzdar, Balochistan on December 14. Sasoli, a correspondent with Daily Balochistan Times and Dawn News TV, and president of the Khuzdar Press Club, is the sixth journalist to be reported killed in Balochistan this year, amid a total death toll in Pakistan of 15 journalists and media workers. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, reports that Sasoli was shot by two unidentified motorcyclists as he stepped out of his car, after returning home from the press club. He was taken to a hospital by his family after sustaining bullet wounds to the head and chest, but died before he could receive medical attention, according to local media reports. The motive for the killing was not clear.

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Muneer Shakir

shakir Name: Muneer Shakir

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Online News Agency & Sabzbagh TV

Died on: August 14, 2011

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Shakir, who wrote for the Online News Network and was a correspondent for the Baloch television station Sabzbaat, was shot repeatedly by two men on a motorcycle shortly after midday as he headed home from the press club in Khuzdar, the district capital in the center of Baluchistan, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Shakir’s colleagues in the Baluchistan Union of Journalists said the 30-year-old reporter had been working on and off as a journalist for about eight years, and they did not know of any threats directed at him. Representatives of the Pakistan Press Foundation, a media support group, told CPJ that Shakir had also been an activist with Baluch separatist organizations and said that was the probable reason he was targeted.

Express Tribune reported:

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly condemned the killing of Munir Shakir in Balochistan, on August 14. Shakir was heading home from Khuzdar Press Club when some unknown armed men opened fire on him. He was taken to District Headquarters Hospital, where he passed away. According to Abdul Rasheed Butt, member of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), Shakir worked for Online News Network and was also the correspondent of Balochi TV, Sabzbagh. Butt said Shakir had never received any threats. The deceased journalist was in his early 30s and had been associated with journalism for the last 7 to 8 years.In a statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat condemned the latest killing. He said Shakir’s murder exposed the government’s failure to safeguard the lives of journalists.

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Abdul Haq Baloch

haq Name: Abdul Haq Baloch

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: ARY News TV, Daily Awam & Radio Pakistan

Died on: September 29, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Unidentified assailants shot Haq as he was leaving the Khuzdar Press Club in the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province. Haq was the secretary-general of the press club and a longtime local correspondent for ARY Television. ARY Television said it was not aware of any threats directed at Haq. But Hamid Mir, a prominent Pakistani journalist, wrote after Haq’s death that the journalist had been threatened by the Baluch Musalah Diffa Army (BMDA, or the Armed Baluch Defense) in November 2011 and had subsequently been named on a hit list issued by a BMDA spokesman.

Tensions with the press had escalated after the Baluchistan High Court barred news coverage of banned groups in October 2011. Several of the banned groups began threatening local journalists for not reporting on their militant operations.

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Lahore – Punjab

 

S M Shahid

download (1) Name: S M Shahid

Worked as: Cheif Editor

Worked for: Daily London News

Died on: November 26, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Shot by unidentified gunmen. No information available on the motive.

Malik Tariq Javed

dawn Name: Malik Tariq Javed

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Dawn News TV

Died on: March 29, 2009

Reason of Death: Bullet woundIts (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Uncertain

Dawn reported:Malik was brutally murdered by armed robbers on Sunday as he and his friend Imran were walking towards his house in Defence, Lahore.Held at gun-point by two robbers, Malik and Imran were asked to hand over their cell phones and cash. As Malik resisted and broke into a scuffle with one of the robbers, the accomplice shot him in the abdomen and stabbed him before they fled the scene scot-free.

Despite being rushed to the hospital by Imran, Malik’s injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Hours before this brutal encounter, Malik had sent a message to the DawnNews head-office in Karachi to confirm that he will be on duty for Monday. It was previously thought that he would take a few days off due to a car accident while on duty a few days earlier. The injury hampered his movements severely and made it difficult for him to stand, but Malik ensured that his work did not suffer despite the excruciating pain it put him through.Born in 1979, Tariq Javed Malik was enthusiastic and ambitious and it seemed as if nothing could dampen his spirit.Hailing from a village in rural Punjab, Malik held a Masters degree in English language and literature and was an International Relations graduate from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.His short-lived illustrious career included reporting live during the long march, the imposition of emergency rule, and through countless sessions of the Punjab Assembly.

Malik also made a name for himself through several exclusive reports on issues including fake law colleges in the Punjab, child abuse, the plight of nurses, old people’s homes, plagiarism, and rape among many others. Famous for being one of those reporters who never backed down, Malik was wholly dedicated and active member of the Dawn News team that is still trying to come to terms with this tragic loss. Malik was known to extract the tiniest of details in every assignment that he worked on and would always present a thorough report. While Malik’s murder is being investigated by the police, no arrests have been made so far as they are still matching the initial information with existing records of similar cases. Some experts in the police department believe that the manner, in which the bullets were fired at Malik, is not in tandem with a conventional snatch-and-run incident.

Ejaz ul Haq

download (1) Name: Ejaz Ul Haq

Worked as: Technician

Worked for: City 42

Died on: May 28, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet woundIts (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Ijaz-ul-Haq, a satellite technician of Lahore based TV channel “City 42” was among the 94 people killed armed attacks on worship places of minority Ahmedi community in Garhi Shahu and Model Town areas in Lahore on Friday, May 28, 2010.

According to press reports Haq was wou ssault at Garhi Shahu and later died of injuries.Imtiaz Bhutta, News Producer, City 42 told PPF that Haq was praying during the attack when channel news team contacted him asking for coverage. He was on live beeper call when a bullet hit him on left side of his chest. He was taken to the hospital after two hours by rescue team where declared dead. He leaves behind two sons, two daughters and a widow.Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik Sunday announced a financial assistance of Rs. 500,000 (US$ 5,900). During his visit to the office of City 42, minister said the government would provide free education to his children.

Faisal Qureshi

lonndon Name: Faisal Qureshi

Worked as: Web Editor

Worked for: The London Post

Died on: October 7, 2011

Reason of Death: Tortured to death

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:Police have found the body of a journalist working for a London-based online news site in Lahore, police said Saturday.Faisal Qureshi, 28, who worked for Internet publication The London Post, was murdered early Friday, senior police officer Razzaq Cheema told AFP. “His throat was slit and there were stab wounds on his body,” Cheema said, adding that Qureshi, a bachelor, lived alone in his family home where he was found, and no arrests had yet been made. “The motive is not clear.” His laptop and mobile phone were missing, another police officer said, adding that Qureshi had also been working for an IT firm in Lahore.

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Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

The body of Qureshi, 31, an editor for the political news website The London Post, was discovered about 2 a.m. by his brother Zahid after family members found blood stains outside the journalist’s house, the Pakistani daily The Express Tribune reported. Police reports said Qureshi’s throat had been cut and described his body as showing signs of torture, The Express Tribune said.Another brother, Shahid, who lives in London, told CPJ that the killers had taken the journalist’s laptop and telephone. Shahid Qureshi, who also wrote for The London Postwebsite, told CPJ that he and his brother had received death threats from men who claimed they were from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM. The London Post, which was widely recognized as anti-MQM, had run a series of critical stories on the party’s exiled leader, Altaf Hussain.

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Lalamusa – Punjab

 

Mian Khalid Mehmud

download (1) Name: Mian Khalid Mehmud

Worked as: Reporter, Former President Lalamusa Press Club

Worked for: Lalamusa Press Club

Died on: December 11, 2005

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:A journalist was shot dead by three assailants along the GT Road in front of the Saddar police station in Lalamusa on Monday night. He was a former president of the Lalamusa press club.Reports said Mian Khalid Mahmood, who also ran a real estate centre in Lalamusa, was returning home by a two-wheeler around 11pm when three motorcyclists chased him. They opened fire on Mian Khalid who suffered wounds in the back and fell near an Edhi centre. He, however, got up and tried to save himself by running across the road but the armed men again targeted at him, killing him on the spot. They took away the deceased’s shirt and cell phone.

Mian Khalid remained associated with local newspapers and was the president of the Lalamusa Press Club for more than five years. He was planning to take out his own local daily from Aug 14 for which he had obtained declaration, people close to him said. The motive behind the killing could not, however, be ascertained. The journalist-cum-businessmen married his cousin, who was a British national. However, the couple separated a few years ago as Mian divorced his wife. He wanted to take possession of his son from his former in-laws with whom he remained in litigation over the issue. According to reports, he had carried several stories against the family of his ex-wife, mostly expatriates, revealing how the family got foreign nationalities through forged documents. He had also been in litigation with the embassies concerned over the same issue. Mian Khalid contracted second marriage about two years ago with a woman, who was already married. She was the daughter of former Lalamusa municipality vice-chairman Sheikh Abdul Khalil. The woman contracted marriage with him allegedly against the will of her father and brothers.

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Larkana – Sindh

 

Munir Ahmad Sangi

sangi Name: Munir Ahmad Sangi

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: KTN TV

Died on: May 29, 2006

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Killed in crossfire)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:Editorial – Who killed Munir Sangi?

INTERNATIONAL media watchdog organisations are correct in asking the Pakistan government to investigate the death of a TV cameraman, Munir Sangi, who was shot dead on Monday while covering clashes in Larkana. There are some who suspect that Mr Sangi may have been targeted for his TV channel’s reporting on a jirga’s decision. While it is difficult to ascertain the validity of this claim, given that journalists continue to be harassed and intimidated for reporting on contentious issues, the claim cannot be easily dismissed. It is the country’s chequered record of press freedom that must have prompted organisations like the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists to express their concern and demand an investigation into Mr Sangi’s death — a call that is also supported by local groups.

Since his death, there have been province-wide protests in which people demanded that Mr Sangi’s killers be arrested and punished. Although four men have so far been apprehended, a judicial probe is needed to ascertain the truth without any interference from any quarter. Despite the boom in the TV media and the relative press freedom in the country, journalists often work under dangerous circumstances. The French organisation, Reporters Sans Frontier, in its annual report cited 2005 as the deadliest year for journalists around the world since 1995 so the problem of threats and intimidation is not just limited to Pakistani media professionals. The kidnapping and non-recovery of journalist Hayatullah Khan in December from Waziristan is just one example of the dangers those in the press have to contend with.

If Mr Sangi’s death is not properly investigated there is a risk that many journalists will be intimidated into practising a degree of self-censorship while reporting on controversial issues. This would be a negation of honesty and objectivity which are the guiding principles of reporting.

Shan Dahar

Shaan Name: Shan Dahar

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Ab Tak TV

Died on: January 1, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Coommittee to Protect Journalists noted:Dahar, a reporter for Abb Takk Television, was shot in the back while filming outside a pharmacy near the Badah Press Club in Larkana, according to his sister and brother-in-law who spoke to CPJ. He died shortly after at a local hospital.

Initial media reports suggested that Dahar was hit by a stray bullet as weapons were being fired into the air during New Year celebrations, but in the days that followed, journalists and local media support groups suggested this was an intentional killing.Dahar’s sister and brother-in-law told CPJ that they had seen the video that Dahar was recording at the time he was killed. The video shows medication Dahar bought at a pharmacy that had a “not for resale” stamp on it, they said. The journalist was killed a few minutes after that.Shortly before his death, Dahar had broadcast a story on drug sales.

At the time he was killed, he was working on a report about the unauthorized sale of pharmaceutical drugs in the area, according to Nasir Baig Chughtai, the director of news for Abb Takk. According to Dahar’s family, medications allocated by a local NGO for the poor were being resold illegally. Chughtai told CPJ that Dahar had covered a range of stories on sensitive local issues, including politics and poverty, and had been killed in retaliation for his work.

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Pakistan Press Foundation reported:

Investigators have failed to nominate the suspected killer of Shan Dahar, one month after the murder of the journalist. Dahar, who worked for a TV channel, was shot dead in Badah town on Jan 1.ASP City Sajid Khokhar told newsmen on Monday that police had arrested six suspects — Nasrullah Tunio, Kamran Bhatti, Sajjad Bhatti, Aamir Abro, Karo Channo and Ghulam Abbas Bhatti — and recovered three 30-bore pistols from their possession. He said Piyar Ali Brohi, Zulfikar Bhatti and Faheem Sariyo, who were named as suspects in the case by Dahar’s family, had also been arrested, while two others — Aamir Zahri and Irfan Zahri — still at large. All nine suspects were produced before the media. The ASP said that the bullet taken out from Dahar’s body during the post-mortem had been sent to the forensic laboratory and only after receiving its report, police would be able to nominate the suspected killer.

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Lasbela – Balochistan

 

Khadim Hussain Sheikh

download (1) Name: Khadim Hussain Sheikh

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Khabrain

Died on: April 14, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Sheikh, a stringer for Sindh TV and local bureau chief for the national Urdu-language daily Khabrein, was killed by unidentified gunmen as he left his home by motorbike in the town of Hub, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Karachi, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the official Associated Press of Pakistan.

Mazhar Abbas, then the secretary-general of the journalists union, told CPJ he had spoken by telephone with Sheikh’s brother, Ishaq, who was riding on the same motorbike at the time of the attack and had been hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Ishaq said three men on motorbikes carried out the shooting, then checked to make sure the journalist was dead before fleeing, according to Abbas. The brother said he was unaware of any dispute that might have led to the murder, Abbas said.

Tabish Ishtiaq

download (1) Name: Tabish Ishtiaq

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Roznama Daily

Died on: July 14, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Daily Times reported:Punjab was statistically the most dangerous place for journalists with 81 of the 247 cases of violations against the media, while Islamabad was second with 48 incidents. Among the journalists killed, six were from Punjab including Raja Assad Hameed (based in Rawalpindi); Malik Tariq Javed (Lahore); Amir Wakeel (Rawalpindi); S M Shahid (Lahore); Abdul Razaq Jora (Mianwali) and Tabish Ishtiaq (Lalamusa). One journalist from Punjab, Muhammad Azam Khan (Lahore) committed suicide for nonpayment of salary.

Dawn reported:

GUJRAT, July 8 Kharian additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Yousaf Aujala sentenced a journalist’s murderer to death and fined him Rs1 million on Wednesday. Luqman Arshad had murdered Tabish Ishtiaq Butt, Lalamusa-based chief editor of a weekly newspaper, after kidnapping him from his office a year ago. The judge also sentenced Arshad to five years in imprisonment and fined him Rs 50,000 for kidnapping the victim. The court, however, acquitted Arshad’s accomplice Usman Zafar in the murder case, but sentenced him to one-year imprisonment and fined him Rs 10,000 in the kidnapping case.According to the prosecution, the suspects kidnapped Butt from his office on July 27, 2008, and later shot him dead near a school in Lalamusa city police precincts. — Correspondent

 

Malakand – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Mujeebur Rehman Siddiqui

download (1) Name: Mujeebur Rehman Siddiqui

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Pakistan

Died on: September 17, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Mujeeb ur Rehman Saddiqui, a 39-year-old senior reporter at “Daily Pakistan” Newspaper was killed on 17 September 2010 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, a northwest province of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan and is one of the world’s most dangerous locales for journalists. Gunmen opened fire on Siddiqui and he died on the way to the hospital. Conflict between Pakistan’s military and armed groups fighting in Afghanistan has resulted in extreme lawlessness and impunity in the northwest region. Pakistan’s central government has been criticised for failing to stop the corruption that allows groups like the Taliban to operate in the area.

 

Mandi Bhauddin – Punjab

 

Syed Saleem Shahzad

Saleem Name: Syed Saleem Shahzad

Worked as: Bureau Chief

Worked for: Asia Times Online

Died on: May 29, 2011

Reason of Death: Tortured to death (Abducted and killed)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Shahzad, 40, vanished on May 29 after writing about alleged links between Al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Navy. His body was found on May 31 in a canal near the town of Mandi Bahauddin, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of the capital, Islamabad. His friends said the body showed signs of torture around the face and neck. He had told colleagues that he had been receiving threats from intelligence officials in recent months.

Shahzad was reported missing after he failed to show up for a televised panel discussion in Islamabad. He was scheduled to discuss his recent article for Asia Times Online in which he reported that Al-Qaeda, having infiltrated the Pakistani Navy, was behind a 17-hour siege at a naval base in Karachi on May 22. He said the attack came after military or security officials refused to release a group of naval officials suspected of being linked to militant groups. The attack, coming soon after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, was deeply embarrassing to the Pakistani military. Earlier in May, three navy buses carrying recruits were blown up via remote control devices in Karachi, the large port city where the navy has its headquarters. Shahzad’s death also came a few days after the release of his book, Inside the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

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Dawn reported:

A Pakistani journalist has been found dead near the capital Islamabad after writing about links between the Pakistani military and al Qaeda, officials said Tuesday.Syed Saleem Shahzad, 40, worked for an Italian news agency and an online news site registered in Hong Kong. He went missing on Sunday after he left his home in the capital to take part in a television talk show, but never arrived.Officials said his body was identified by relatives after being found in Mandi Bahauddin. Moreover, Shahzad’s car was found in Sarai Alamgir, 150 kilometres southeast of Islamabad. “Relatives visited the police station and now they have identified the dead body. They said it is the body of journalist Saleem Shahzad,” police official Zulfiqar Ali told AFP by telephone. He disappeared two days after writing an investigative report in Asia Times Online that al Qaeda carried out last week’s attack on a naval air base to avenge the arrest of naval officials arrested on suspicion of al Qaeda links.

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Link to Saleem Shahzad’s judicial inquiry commission report: Press Information Department Pakistan

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Mansehra – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Sajid Tanoli

download (1) Name: Sajid Tanoli

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Shumal

Died on: January 29, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Tanoli, 35, a reporter with the regional Urdu-language daily Shumal, was killed in the town of Mansehra in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, which is now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tanoli was stopped on a highway, dragged from his car, and shot several times, the official Associated Press of Pakistan reported. Tanoli had written critical stories about the head of the local government, Khalid Javed, including a piece published three days before his murder that accused the official of involvement in an illegal liquor business, news reports said.

Police filed murder charges against Javed, prompting the official to flee, according to news reports. Although Javed eventually returned, the murder charges were never revived, according to Kiran Nazish, a journalist who has studied anti-press attacks in Pakistan.

Dawn reported:

MANSEHRA, Jan 29: Sajid Tanoli, a reporter of a daily published from Abbottabad, was shot dead here on Thursday allegedly by the nazim of a union council of Mansehra. In the FIR registered at the Model Police Station, Mansehra city, Ali Asghar, a brother of the deceased, alleged that Khalid Javid Khan, nazim of the union council No 3, of Mansehra, was engaged in illegal liquor business and that the deceased had exposed his business in reports which were published in the daily Shamal. He also alleged that the nazim, his brother Mubarak and son Osman had been threatening his brother of dire consequences for publishing the reports. Police sources said that Sajid Tanoli had received four pistol shots, two in the head, one in the neck and one in the chest.

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Mardan – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Siddique Bacha Khan

bacha Name: Siddique Bacha Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Aaj TV

Died on: August 14, 2009

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Unidentified gunmen ambushed correspondent Bacha Khan in the city of Mardan in North West Frontier Province, now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Aaj reported on its website.He was shot at close range as he was returning to station offices after an interview with the family members of a former military official killed by the Taliban, the channel’s bureau chief, Imtiaz Awan, said on the station’s website. The journalist died en route to the hospital, according to Aaj and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.

Bakhtaj Ali

download (1) Name: Bakhtaj Ali

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Weekly Manzar-e-Aam

Died on: January 30, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

The News reported:MARDAN: The body of a journalist, who had gone missing recently, was found near a canal in Bakhshali village in the limits of the Chura Police Station, local and police sources said.Bakht Taj Yousafzai went missingWednesday morning on way to his medical store located at Bubai Adda Bazaar in Bakhshali village. Later, unidentified people slaughtered him and dumped his body near Rasheed Khan Gardens, the sources said.The deceased was also running a transport business. He got married six months ago and had no enmity with anyone. A large number of people of the area attended his funeral prayer held in the village Thursday evening.House damaged in DI Khan blast: A house was partially damaged in an explosion at Mohallah Sakligaranwali early Thursday, police sources said. However, it caused no loss of life. Lodging a case with the City Police Station, Yasir Abbas said unidentified persons were demanding Rs3 million through telephone. “I flatly refused to pay the extortion,” he added. The boundary wall and some rooms were partially damaged in the blast, he added.

 

Mianwali – Punjab

 

Shahzad Iqbal

download (1) Name: Shahzad Iqbal

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Samaa TV

Died on: April 22, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

The Guardian reported:

Pakistani TV journalist Shahzad Iqbal was shot dead in Mianwali in the south Punjab yesterday (22 April). He was riding on a motorcycle with his brother when they were attacked by a gang of four men.

The brother is in a critical condition in hospital. Police are said to be investigating the motives for the murder of 28-year-old Iqbal, who worked for SAMAA.

International Federation of Journalists noted:

According to reports, Shahzad Iqbal, 28, a correspondent for SAMAA TV and editor of a local newspaper, was travelling to his office with his brother on a motorcycle when unidentified armed men intercepted them and opened fire. Iqbal was shot multiple times and died on the way to hospital. His brother is recovering in hospital. Another brother of Shahzad Iqbal was also believed to be at the scene.

Iqbal had been working in journalism for over seven years for various media outlets and was understood to have had some personal rivalries in recent times. Police have registered the case filed by Iqbal’s family and an initial investigation has indicated that the motive for the attack may stem from a personal enemy.

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Abdul Razzak Johra

download (1) Name: Abdul Razzak Johra

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Royal TV

Died on: November 3, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted:  Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Six armed men dragged reporter Johra from his home in the Mianwali district of Punjab and shot him, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. The attack came a day after his report on local drug trafficking was aired nationally. Colleagues said Johra, 45, who had done earlier reports on the drug trade, had received threats telling him to stop covering the issue. Police took no evident steps to investigate the murder, according to local journalists.

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Abdul Razzak Johra, 45, a reporter with the Royal TV network, dragged out of his home by six armed men, before being killed in Mianwali district in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The attack came a day after his report on local drug trafficking was aired nationally.

 

Miranshah – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Shahzad Iqbal

mumtaz Name: Malik Mumtaz

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Geo TV, The News, Daily Jan, ATV Khyber

Died on: February 27, 2013

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Geo News reported:MIRANSHAH: Senior journalist and correspondent for Jang, The News and Geo News, Malik Mumtaz was martyred in North Waziristan on Wednesday. Mumtaz was returning home to Miranshah after offering condolences from a nearby village when unknown assailants opened fire on his car, killing him on the spot near Chashma bridge. His body has been shifted to a local hospital for post mortem. Malik Mumtaz had recently been elected President of the Miranshah Press Club. He is survived by his two sons and daughter. Malik Mumtaz graduated from Gomal University in Dera Ismail Khan and remained associated with Jang Group for two decades during which he worked for the Group’s newspapers and later also for its channel, Geo News. Reporting from the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan, Mumtaz was a well respected journalist whose reporting was unbiased and accurate. Malik Mumtaz’s funeral will be held on Thursday at 2:30 PM in Miranshah and later he will be laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard.

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Mirpurkhas – Sindh

 

Zubair Ahmad Mujahid

download (1) Name: Zubair Ahmad Mujahid

Worked as: Bureau Chief

Worked for: Daily Jang

Died on: November 23, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

International News Safety Institute reported:

Zubair Ahmad Mujahid, Bureau Chief of daily Jang, Mirpurkhas was shot dead by two unidentified persons on Friday night.

Zubair was returning home when two unidentified persons riding on a motorcycle fired at him.

Zubair had been working for the Jang newspaper for the last 36 years. A hospital source said Zubair had suffered injury in the stomach. The police said hectic efforts were being made to arrest the culprits.

Ashraf Panhwar

download (1) Name: Ashraf Panhwar

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Kawish

Died on: May 9, 2011

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

The News reported:The KPC president said that the club’s governing body had decided to boycott the luncheon in protest, and he turned up only to raise their concerns there.When Tahir Hasan Khan, along with some other journalists, left the venue, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Sharjeel Inam Memon persuaded him to end the protest. The general-secretary of the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), Hasan Abbas, demanded of the government to set up a Sindh journalists foundation.He said that several journalists, including Wali Khan Babar, Munir Sangi, Ashraf Panhwar and Ashiq Mangi, were killed in the province in the recent past, while Naveed Kamal sustained bullet wounds.

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Mohmand Agency – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Abdul Wahab

wahab Name: Abdul Wahab

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Express News

Died on: December 6, 2010

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Abdul Wahab, a reporter for Express News, and Pervez Khan, a Waqt TV journalist, were among 50 people killed in a double-suicide bomb attack in the Mohmand tribal district, according to international news reports.

The journalists were covering a meeting of tribal leaders and government officials in Ghalanai, the administrative center of the region, when two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms detonated explosives. News reports said the meeting was called to discuss the formation of an anti-Taliban militia. Agence France-Presse said a Pakistani Taliban group took credit for the attack, which injured more than 100 people. The journalists worked as both cameramen and reporters.

Express Tribune reported:

Two TV correspondents were killed in Monday’s suicide attacks in Mohmand Agency. Abdul Wahab is the third Express Group correspondent to have sacrificed his life in the line of duty. Earlier, Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, correspondent in Bajaur Agency was shot dead by gunmen in 2008 and Misri Khan, correspondent in Hangu district, was killed by unknown men after Eidul Fitr. Abdul Wahab, 34, hailed from the Darrah Yousuf Khel area of Mohmand Agency. He was a graduate of the Peshawar University. He was also the Secretary of the Ghalanai Press Club.  He had been associated with Express News for the last two years where he undertook the difficult task of reporting state action against Taliban extremists.

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Pervez Khan

download (1) Name: Pervez Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Waqt TV

Died on: December 6, 2010

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted:  No

The News reported:The KPC president said that the club’s governing body had decided to boycott the luncheon in protest, and he turned up only to raise their concerns there. When Tahir Hasan Khan, along with some other journalists, left the venue, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Sharjeel Inam Memon persuaded him to end the protest. The general-secretary of the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), Hasan Abbas, demanded of the government to set up a Sindh journalists foundation.He said that several journalists, including Wali Khan Babar, Munir Sangi, Ashraf Panhwar and Ashiq Mangi, were killed in the province in the recent past, while Naveed Kamal sustained bullet wounds.

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North Waziristan – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Hayatullah Khan

hayatullah Name: Hayatullah Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: AFP News Agency

Died on: June 15, 2006

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Abducted and killed)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Khan’s body was found by villagers in the North Waziristan town of Miran Shah, where he had been kidnapped six months earlier. Khan was abducted on December 5, 2005, by five gunmen who ran his car off the road as his younger brother, Haseenullah, watched helplessly. Local government officials and family members said Khan, 32, had been found handcuffed and shot several times. His body appeared frail and he had grown a long beard since he was last seen, Pakistani journalists told CPJ.

The day before his abduction, Khan photographed what apparently were the remnants of a U.S.-made missile said to have struck a house in Miran Shah on December 1, 2005, killing senior Al-Qaeda figure Hamza Rabia. The pictures, widely distributed by the European Pressphoto Agency on the day they were shot, contradicted the Pakistani government’s explanation that Rabia had died in a blast caused by explosives within the house. International news media identified the fragments in the photographs as part of a Hellfire missile, possibly fired from a U.S. drone.

Khan, who was also a reporter for the Urdu-language daily Ausaf, had received numerous threats from Pakistani security forces, Taliban members, and local tribesmen because of his reporting.

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BBC reported:

The murder of a Pakistani journalist who reported on the alleged killing of an al-Qaeda suspect highlights the dangers for the media in the tribal areas. The body of Hayatullah Khan, himself a tribesman, was found last Friday in North Waziristan, more than six months after he was abducted by unknown persons.His family blame the security forces in the tribal areas for his murder. The authorities have consistently denied allegations that the security forces had anything to do with Mr Khan’s kidnapping or killing, and the government has ordered a judicial inquiry.

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Orakzai Agency – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Azmat Ali Bangash

download (1) Name: Azmat Ali Bangash

Worked as: Reporter & Cameraman

Worked for: Samaa TV, PTV and APP

Died on: April 17, 2010

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:34-year-old reporter Azmat Ali Bangash was killed along with 41 other people when two suicide bombers blew themselves up amidst a crowd of displaced persons collecting relief supplies in Kohat district of province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Bangash worked for Pakistan Television (PTV), Samaa TV and Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency.

According to press reports, the first suicide bomber blew himself up at 11:55 a.m. while only a few minutes later the second bomber also blew himself up as people rushed to help the dead and injured. Bangash, who was at the site for coverage of food distribution, received fatal injuries and took his last breath at Kohat Development Authority (KDA) hospital. He left behind a wife and three children.

Mumtaz Bangash, President of Kohat Press Club, told PPF that according to some eyewitnesses, Bangash was hit in the second blast when he was covering the casualties of the first blast. The District Police Officer in Kohat, Dilawar Khan, said that the 41 persons killed in the two blasts included displaced persons from Orakazai Agency and also some local people of Kohat. He said the bombers walked into the crowd camouflaged as women.

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APP reported:

Azmat Bangash was on hit-list of Taliban.

ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): Azmat Ali Bangash, a correspondent of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), who embraced Shahadat in Kohat suicide attack on Saturday, was on the hit-list of Taliban. “I have been receiving death threats from militants following breaking the news of death of Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack in Orakazai Agency”. This was stated by Bangash during his last visit to APP office here. He was a hardworking and professional journalist who was reporting security forces operation against militants in Hangu district and Orakzai agency of FATA.

Late Azmat Ali was associated with APP for the last few years and contributed invaluable news stories. He was also working for Pakistan Television and Saama. He had stunned the whole media when he broke the news about the death of most wanted Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, the man responsible for killing hundreds of innocent civilians and security forces personnel through his brutal acts of terrorism.

After receiving death threats, Bangash had left Hangu district and settled in Peshawar and Islamabad and continued reporting from there. He exposed atrocities of militants through his reporting, including airing video footages of militants slaughtering an FC constable in Orakzai and new Taliban Chief Mulla Toofan flogging people.

Azmat was at the site for coverage of food distribution among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Kurram and Orakzai Agencies at Kacha Paka Camp when the twin blasts ripped through the gathering of displaced tribesmen killing more than 30 persons. Azmat Bangash received fatal injuries and breathed his last at hospital.

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Panjgur – Balochistan

 

Rehmatullah Abid

rehmat Name: Rehmatullah Abid

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Dunya, APP, Daily Intikhab

Died on: April 19, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle killed Abid in a barber shop in Panjgur district, about 375 miles (600 kilometers) from Quetta. Abid had worked as a general assignment reporter for the Urdu-language Dunya News, a news and current affairs TV channel, for several years and had also worked for the Urdu-language daily Intikhaab.

According to the Pakistan Press Foundation, Abid was shot six times, once in the head. The PPF also reported that Eesa Tareen, president of the Baluchistan Union of Journalists, said Abid’s family was unaware of any personal enmities that would have caused his death. Aslam Raisani, chief minister of Baluchistan, issued a statement saying that “hidden hands” were attacking Baluchi journalists to stop them from working, according to news reports. Abid’s colleagues at the PPF said that they believed Abid had been killed because of his reporting. The Baluchistan Union of Journalists appealed to the local and federal governments to address the rising levels of threats to Pakistani journalists.

Express Tribune reported:

A journalist was gunned down in the Washbood area of Panjgur district, some 600 kilometres away from provincial capital on Sunday. The Panjgur Police Station Officer Jahangir Baloch told The Express Tribune that Rehmatullah Abid was sitting in a shop when unknown armed men, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on him. Abid was killed on the spot. Police rushed to the crime scene and cordoned off the area. The deceased was shifted to a hospital for an autopsy. Sources within Abid’s family told The Express Tribune that the journalist had no enmity with anyone.No group has claimed responsibility for the killing as yet.“We have not registered a case,” Baloch said, adding that police was investigating the incident. Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani condemned the killing.

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Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Asfandyar Khan

download (1) Name: Asfandyar Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Akhbar-e-Khybar

Died on: June 11, 2011

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Asfandyar Khan, a reporter for the newspaper Akhbar-e-Khyber, died in a double bombing that took the lives of more than three dozen people. Shafiullah Khan, a trainee reporter at the daily The News, died six days later from extensive burns and shrapnel wounds suffered in the attack. Seven other journalists were injured.

The first, small blast went off at a market, drawing a large crowd that included journalists covering the story, according to news reports and local journalists. A second, larger explosion, apparently a suicide bomb, went off after the crowd had grown.

The attack took place near the city center, in an area where military facilities are concentrated and where many major Pakistani media organizations have their offices. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, and it was not clear if journalists or military personnel were the targets.

Ref World reported:

Khan, a reporter for the newspaper Akhbar-e-Khyber, died in a double bombing that took the lives of more than three dozen people. The first, small blast went off at a market, drawing a large crowd, including journalists such as Khan who were covering the story. A second, larger explosion, apparently a suicide bomb, went off after a crowd had grown.

Shafiullah Khan, 28, a trainee reporter at the daily The News, died six days later from extensive burn injuries suffered in the attack. Seven other journalists suffered minor injuries.

The attack took place near the city center, in an area where military facilities are concentrated and where many major Pakistani media organizations have their offices. Peshawar is the administrative center for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and runs along the border with Afghanistan. With many insurgent groups based there, the city is notorious for its lack of security.

No group claimed responsibility for the bombings, and it was not clear if journalists or military personnel were the targets. Yousaf Ali, general secretary of the Khyber Union of Journalists, said Khan was in his early 30s and was survived by a sister.

Journalist Nasrullah Khan Afridi died in May 2011 when his car blew up in the same market. An explosive device was detonated remotely after he returned to his vehicle, which was parked in the densely populated shopping area.

Mian Iqbal

download (1) Name: Mian Iqbal Shah

Worked as: Press Club Staffer

Worked for: Peshawar Press Club

Died on: December 22, 2009

Reason of Death: Caught in suicide attack

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Shah, 50, an employee of the Peshawar Press Club, was among those killed when a suicide bomber attempting to enter the property set off an explosive device. A police officer, the bomber, and a bystander were killed along with Shah, an accountant and cashier at the club, according to news accounts. Twenty-six people were reported injured.More than 30 journalists were inside the club awaiting the start of a press conference when the bomb exploded, news reports said. The explosion occurred at 11:40 a.m. when Riazuddin Khan, a police constable providing security for the club, halted the bomber near the gate to the property, club members said. The force of the explosion blew out press club windows, damaged a guard hut, and tore apart nearby vehicles.

The club had recently upgraded security because members had received increasing threats from militant groups.“We were saved because this brave officer sacrificed his own life to save us,” Iqbal Khattak, Peshawar bureau chief of the Daily Times, told CPJ in an e-mail message a day after the attack. Press clubs, a tradition in major Pakistani cities, are used by the media as meeting halls and venues for press conferences.

Kamil Mashadi

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Name: Kamil Mashadi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: ARY News TV

Died on: December 31, 2007

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted:  Yes

Dawn reported:Kamil Mashhadi, a reporter for TV-One, was killed in the jurisdiction of the Yakatoot police station. He went out of his home after receiving a phone call at his home. Afterwards, the police recovered his body from the Yakatoot area.—PPI

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Nasurllah Afridi

afridi Name: Nasruallah Afridi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: The News Daily

Died on: May 10, 2011

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Afridi, a reporter for Pakistan Television and the local Mashriq newspaper, was killed when his car blew up in the city of Peshawar, according to local and international news reports. An explosive device was detonated remotely shortly after he returned to the vehicle, which was parked in a densely populated shopping area, news reports said. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said Afridi, who was also the president of the Tribal Union of Journalists, had moved to Peshawar to flee militant groups. In May 2006, CPJ reported, unidentified assailants had lobbed two hand grenades at Afridi’s house in Bara, the main town of Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Afridi had been the target of a death threat issued on a pirate radio station run by the Islamic militant organization Lashkar-e-Islam. The threat came after Afridi reported that the authorities suspected Lashkar-e-Islam of being responsible for an attack in which a paramilitary soldier was injured.

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Express Tribune reported:

A blast on Bara road, Saddar area of Peshawar has claimed the life of one civilian. According to Express 24/7 reporter, Omer Farooq, one journalist has been killed in a car blast. The nature of the blast is currently unknown. Khyber Agency journalist Nasrullah Afridi has been identified as the victim. He said that site of the blast is located in a posh residential area with the Army flats located a mere 200 yards from the blast site. The office of a political agent of Khyber Agency is in close proximity to the site along with Peshawar Cantonment. The road is also used by army personnel to commute.

Shafiullah Wazir

download (1) Name: Shafiullah Wazir

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: The News Daily

Died on: June 16, 2011

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Uncertain

Caught in a suicide blast in the line of duty. No information available.

Tariq Aslam

tariq Name: Tariq Aslam

Worked as: News Editor

Worked for: Daily Pakistan

Died on: April 16, 2013

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

International Federation of Journalists noted:The news editor of the daily Pakistan  was among at least fifteen people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a political rally in the city of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate.

His colleague Azhar Ali Shah and Ehtesham Khan, a reporter for Express TV, were seriously injured, but their injuries were not considered life threatening.

International News Safety Institute noted:

The blast took place at 8.30 am just after the arrival of the vice president of the Awami National Party (ANP) Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.

Tariq Aslam, a sub-editor at Daily Pakistan, was killed and Azhar Ali Shah and Ahtisham Khan, who worked for Daily Pakistan and Express News Peshawar, were wounded.

Sixteen people died and more than 60 were injured at the the rally ahead of next month’s elections, according to local news reports.

The Pakistani Taliban, which has repeatedly targeted the ANP, claimed responsibility for the blast.

Last Sunday, the Pakistani Taliban said they were responsible for a blast which killed local ANP leader Mukaram Shah.

 

Qalat – Balochistan

 

Mehmood Ahmad Afridi

afridi1 Name: Mehmood Ahmed Afridi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Intikhab

Died on: March 1, 2013

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: No

Reporters Without Borders noted:

Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Mehmood Ahmed Afridi, a correspondent for the newspaper Intikhab, was gunned down by unidentified men on a motorcycle today in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan. He was the second journalist to be murdered in Pakistan in the space of three days.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder.

“We are deeply shocked that just two days after Malik Mumtaz Khan’s murder, another journalist has been murdered in a similar fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“The Pakistani authorities need to realize the terrible dangers to which journalists are exposed and immediately deploy sufficient resources to provide them with effective protection. Thorough and impartial investigations are also needed to identify and punish those responsible for these killings.”

Reached by telephone, a Balochi journalist based in Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that Afridi, 56, had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club.

“Mehmood Ahmed Afridi was waiting outside a public telephone cabin when two men on a motorcycle arrived and opened fire,” the source said on condition of anonymity. According to doctors who carried out an autopsy, he was shot four times.

Kalat deputy police commissioner Bashir Ahmed told Dawn News TV bureau chief Ali Shah that it was a “targeted killing.”

Condemning the shooting, Balochistan Union of Journalists president Essa Tareen accused the government of hardly bothering to try to identify those who murder journalists, despite repeated appeals from the journalistic community.

International Federation of Journalists noted:

The correspondent for  Intikhab newspaperwas killed by gunmen travelling by motorcycle in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Afridi (56) had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club. Colleagues said Afridi had been waiting outside a public telephone booth when two men on a motorcycle stopped and opened fire, hitting him four times.

 

Qambar – Sindh

 

Aurangzeb Tunio

download (1) Name: Aurangzeb Tunio

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Kawish & KTN

Died on: May 10, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:A group of armed men shot Tunio, a reporter for the popular Sindhi news channel Kawish Television Network, in the small office used as the station’s bureau in Lalu Ranwak village in the province of Sindh, about 535 miles (850 kilometers) south of Islamabad, the capital, news reports said. Tunio’s brother, Rustam, and their friend, Deedar Khaskheli, were also killed, the reports said.

Local journalists told CPJ the gunmen were members of the Mughairi tribe, a rival to the Tunio tribal group. Some also said they believed Tunio was murdered because of his story on a failed marriage attempt between two members of the rival clans.

Dawn reported:

A reporter of a Sindhi news channel, along with his brother and a friend, was gunned down in Lalurounk, 27km from here, on Thursday night.

KTN correspondent Aurangzeb Tunio was sitting in his office in Lalurounk town of Qambar district when a group of 20 armed men arrived there and opened fire, killing him, his brother Rustam Tunio and friend Deedar Khaskheli on the spot.

Qambar-Shahdadkot SSP Captain (retd) Azfar Mahisar rushed to the scene of the crime with a heavy police contingent. The family of the deceased accused people of Mughiri clan of committing the crime.Sources said Khushboo Mughiri had allegedly eloped with Tanveer Tunio a few days ago, causing strained relations between the Tunios and Mughiris and the killings was the result of that incident.

Talking to newsmen, the SSP said an operation to arrest the assailants would be launched soon. He said the matter between Tunios and Mughiris was resolved on Wednesday. The journalist community has condemned the killings.

 

Quetta – Balochistan

 

Chisti Mujahid

download (1) Name: Chisti Mujahid

Worked as: Columnist

Worked for: Akhbar-e-Jahan

Died on: February 9, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:An unidentified assailant shot Mujahid, a veteran columnist and photographer, in the head and chest as he left his house, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports. A spokesman for the banned insurgent group the Baluch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the murder in a phone call to the Quetta Press Club, saying Mujahid was “against” the Baluch cause, local news reports said.Mujahid, an ethnic Punjabi, received several telephone threats after writing about the killing of Baluch leader Balach Marri in November 2007, according to the journalists union. Akbar-e-Jehan, published by the Jang Media Group, was among the country’s largest Urdu-language weekly magazines.

UNHCR noted:

An unknown gunman killed Mujahid, a veteran columnist for the weekly, in a targeted attack outside his home in Quetta.Mujahid, who was also a photographer, was struck in the head and chest as he left his house, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports. A spokesman for the banned insurgent group, the Baluch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the murder in a phone call to the Quetta Press Club, saying Mujahid was “against” the Baluch cause, local news reports said.Mujahid, an ethnic Punjabi, had received several telephone threats after writing about the killing of Baluch leader Balach Marri in November 2007, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Akbar-e-Jehan, published by the Jang Media Group, is one of the largest weekly Urdu-language magazines in Pakistan. Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan, where ethnic Baluch militants were engaged in protracted combat with government forces for political autonomy and local resources.

Malik Arif

samaa Name: Malik Arif

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: Samaa TV

Died on: April 16, 2010

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Arif, a cameraman, was killed in a suicide bombing at a local hospital, news reports said. The blast occurred outside the emergency ward of Civil Hospital in Quetta, capital of restive Baluchistan province, killing at least eight people and injuring numerous others, including five journalists. The journalists were covering a Shia demonstration outside the hospital, where a prominent local Shia bank manager had been taken after an attack.

International Press Institute noted:

A cameraman was killed, and a reporter injured, on Friday, when a bomb exploded at a hospital in Quetta, in western Pakistan. Malik Arif, a cameraman with Pakistan’s Samaa TV, was among at least 10 people killed, when a bomb exploded at the Civil Hospital in Quetta this morning. The television station said at least 50 people were injured in the blast. A reporter, Noor Elahi Bugti, and a staff member at the channel were among those injured. The journalists were at the hospital to cover the killing of local bank manager – and son of the Balochistan Shia Conference head – Ashar Zaidi. Zaidi was killed early this morning by armed men traveling in what police said was a white car. “Arif got word of this targeted killing, and went to the hospital where we had been informed the body had been taken,” a source at Samaa TV, who wished to remain anonymous, told IPI. “There was a bomb explosion and some firing, and he was killed on the spot.”

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Ejaz Raisani

123 Name: Ejaz Raisani

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Samaa TV

Died on: September 6, 2010

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Hit by stray bullets)

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Raisani, a cameraman, died in a military hospital of gunshot wounds he suffered three days earlier while covering a rally that turned violent in Quetta, according to local and international news reports. A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Shia demonstration, prompting gunfire and other violence that killed more than 70 people and left 200 others injured, including several other journalists, news reports said. The Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi each claimed responsibility for the bombing, one in a series of recent assaults on Shia gatherings, local news reports said. Some news reports linked the violence that followed the Quetta bombing to the surviving protesters.Mohammad Sarwar, a driver working for Aaj TV, was also killed in the violence. Six journalists were among the wounded. Raisani was married with two children.

Police took 20 suspects into custody and Baluchistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani formed a judicial tribunal to investigate the attack, The Express Tribune reported. As of February 2013, no suspect had been convicted of a crime, according to Zahid Hussain, director of news at Samaa TV.

Dawn reported:

Beyond the veneer of prime time television shows that many think constitutes ‘journalism’, there are thousands of media workers at risk. They are endangered and pressured by state agencies, political parties, militant networks and mafias, which share a common goal: suppressing information and muzzling those who dare to dig facts.Comrade Irshad Mastoi and his two colleagues join the ranks of slain journalists who were targeted for their profession; this is unacceptable in a country that is ostensibly governed by a constitution.

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Mohammad Iqbal

download (1) Name: Mohammad Iqbal

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: NNI News Agency

Died on: January 10, 2013

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Three media professionals were killed and three others injured in bomb blast in Quetta, the capital of the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan. The journalists were reporting on an explosion that had occurred about a few minutes earlier, when the second bomb exploded, killing and injuring many, including the journalists.Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group has claimed the responsibility for blasts which were targeted at the Hazara Shiite community.

Imran Shaikh, cameraman for “Samaa TV”, Saif ur Rehman, reporter for the same television station and Mohammad Iqbal photographer of NNI news agency were covering the scene of the suicide bomb blast when the second blast occurred, killing them on the spot.

Iqbal’ s brother Muhammad Hasan, porter of Independent News Pakistan news agency; Acne Roger, cameraman for “Geo TV” and Ather, satellite engineer for “Samaa TV” were injured in the blast. The condition of Roger is stated to be in serious but stable condition. Satellite vans of number of television stations were also damaged.

A reporter of “Samaa TV” told PPF that the suicide bomber came to the basement of a building of snooker club in an area inhabited by the Hazara Shia community and blew himself up at about 9:00 PM. A few minutes his car which was parked outside the building was blown up remotely. Police said that more than 100 kg of explosives were used in the car bomb. Over 100 persons were killed and more than 200 injured in the blasts.Shaikh is survived by his wife and two daughters, Rehman leaves behind his wife and three sons while Iqbal was unmarried. The management of Samaa TV announced Rs.1million and one year salary for each bereaved family. The Government of Pakistan has also announced Rs.1million for the bereaved families.Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and journalists from all media organizations strongly condemned the killings of journalists. PFUJ staged a countrywide protest on 11th January 2013.

Imran Sheikh

samaa Name: Imran Sheikh

Worked as: Cameraman

Worked for: Samaa TV

Died on: January 10, 2013

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Three media professionals were killed and three others injured in bomb blast in Quetta, the capital of the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan. The journalists were reporting on an explosion that had occurred about a few minutes earlier, when the second bomb exploded, killing and injuring many, including the journalists.Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group has claimed the responsibility for blasts which were targeted at the Hazara Shiite community.Imran Shaikh, cameraman for “Samaa TV”, Saif ur Rehman, reporter for the same television station and Mohammad Iqbal photographer of NNI news agency were covering the scene of the suicide bomb blast when the second blast occurred, killing them on the spot.

Iqbal’ s brother Muhammad Hasan, porter of Independent News Pakistan news agency; Acne Roger, cameraman for “Geo TV” and Ather, satellite engineer for “Samaa TV” were injured in the blast. The condition of Roger is stated to be in serious but stable condition. Satellite vans of number of television stations were also damaged.A reporter of “Samaa TV” told PPF that the suicide bomber came to the basement of a building of snooker club in an area inhabited by the Hazara Shia community and blew himself up at about 9:00 PM. A few minutes his car which was parked outside the building was blown up remotely.Police said that more than 100 kg of explosives were used in the car bomb. Over 100 persons were killed and more than 200 injured in the blasts. Shaikh is survived by his wife and two daughters, Rehman leaves behind his wife and three sons while Iqbal was unmarried. The management of Samaa TV announced Rs.1million and one year salary for each bereaved family. The Government of Pakistan has also announced Rs.1million for the bereaved families.Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and journalists from all media organizations strongly condemned the killings of journalists. PFUJ staged a countrywide protest on 11th January 2013.

Saif Ur Rehman

rehman Name: Saif ur Rehman

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Samaa TV

Died on: January 10, 2013

Reason of Death: Caught in a bomb blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Three media professionals were killed and three others injured in bomb blast in Quetta, the capital of the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan. The journalists were reporting on an explosion that had occurred about a few minutes earlier, when the second bomb exploded, killing and injuring many, including the journalists. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group has claimed the responsibility for blasts which were targeted at the Hazara Shiite community. Imran Shaikh, cameraman for “Samaa TV”, Saif ur Rehman, reporter for the same television station and Mohammad Iqbal photographer of NNI news agency were covering the scene of the suicide bomb blast when the second blast occurred, killing them on the spot. was critically injured in the blast and died later in a local hospital.Iqbal’ s brother Muhammad Hasan, porter of Independent News Pakistan news agency; Acne Roger, cameraman for “Geo TV” and Ather, satellite engineer for “Samaa TV” were injured in the blast.

The condition of Roger is stated to be in serious but stable condition. Satellite vans of number of television stations were also damaged. A reporter of “Samaa TV” told PPF that the suicide bomber came to the basement of a building of snooker club in an area inhabited by the Hazara Shia community and blew himself up at about 9:00 PM. A few minutes his car which was parked outside the building was blown up remotely. Police said that more than 100 kg of explosives were used in the car bomb. Over 100 persons were killed and more than 200 injured in the blasts.  The management of Samaa TV announced Rs.1 million and one year salary for each bereaved family. The Government of Pakistan has also announced Rs.1 million for the bereaved families. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and journalists from all media organizations strongly condemned the killings of journalists. PFUJ staged a countrywide protest on 11th January 2013.

Abdur Rasool

download (1) Name: Abdur Rasool

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Online News Agency

Died on: August 28, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Two unidentified gunmen stormed the offices of the independent news agency Online International News Network in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, killing its reporter-in-training, Ghulam Rasool, also known as Abdul Rasul, and the bureau chief Irshad Mastoi. A network employee, accountant Muhammad Younus, was also killed, according to news reports. All three were shot several times, according to police. Rasool and Younus were killed immediately, and Mastoi was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, reports said. The assailants fled the scene, according to reports.Rasool, who was in his early 20s, was a student in his final year at the media and journalism department of the University of Balochistan Quetta, according to news accounts. He had joined the agency in May 2014 and wrote news reports, but was not assigned to any particular beat. Rasool often accompanied staff journalists on their assignments, his colleagues told CPJ. Prior to working at the agency, Rasool interned with Geo TV, the colleagues said.Baluchistan — Pakistan’s largest province by area and smallest by population–is mired in an insurgency and sectarian strife.

Its residents face criminal activity, daily disappearances, and targeted killings, and international journalists are routinely denied access to the province. Local journalists in Baluchistan face pressure from a number of sources: pro-Taliban groups and Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies, as well as separatists and state-sponsored anti-separatist militant groups, according to CPJ research.

Dawn reported:

Two journalists and an accountant of a news agency were shot dead here on Thursday. Armed men barged into the bureau office of Online news agency at about 7.45pm and opened fire with automatic weapons, killing its bureau chief Irshad Mastoi, reporter Abdul Rasool Khajak and accountant Mohammad Younis on the spot. The killers escaped. Sources said police could not reach the scene immediately, causing delay in taking the injured to hospital.Hospital sources said all victims received multiple bullet injuries in their head and chest. The motive for the killings could not be ascertained. “We are investigating the incident and will be able to say something after completing it,” a senior police officer said.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Irshad Mastoi, 37, left behind a wife, a one year-old son and two daughters.

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Irshad Mastoi

ARY Name: Irshad Mastoi

Worked as: Bureau Cheif

Worked for: Online News Agency & ARY News TV

Died on: August 28, 2014

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Two unidentified gunmen stormed the offices of the independent news agency Online International News Network in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, killing its reporter-in-training, Ghulam Rasool, also known as Abdul Rasul, and the bureau chief Irshad Mastoi. A network employee, accountant Muhammad Younus, was also killed, according to news reports.

All three were shot several times, according to police. Rasool and Younus were killed immediately, and Mastoi was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, reports said. The assailants fled the scene, according to reports.

Rasool, who was in his early 20s, was a student in his final year at the media and journalism department of the University of Balochistan Quetta, according to news accounts. He had joined the agency in May 2014 and wrote news reports, but was not assigned to any particular beat. Rasool often accompanied staff journalists on their assignments, his colleagues told CPJ. Prior to working at the agency, Rasool interned with Geo TV, the colleagues said.Baluchistan — Pakistan’s largest province by area and smallest by population–is mired in an insurgency and sectarian strife.

Its residents face criminal activity, daily disappearances, and targeted killings, and international journalists are routinely denied access to the province. Local journalists in Baluchistan face pressure from a number of sources: pro-Taliban groups and Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies, as well as separatists and state-sponsored anti-separatist militant groups, according to CPJ research.

Dawn reported:

Two journalists and an accountant of a news agency were shot dead here on Thursday. Armed men barged into the bureau office of Online news agency at about 7.45pm and opened fire with automatic weapons, killing its bureau chief Irshad Mastoi, reporter Abdul Rasool Khajak and accountant Mohammad Younis on the spot. The killers escaped. Sources said police could not reach the scene immediately, causing delay in taking the injured to hospital. Hospital sources said all victims received multiple bullet injuries in their head and chest.The motive for the killings could not be ascertained. “We are investigating the incident and will be able to say something after completing it,” a senior police officer said.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Irshad Mastoi, 37, left behind a wife, a one year-old son and two daughters.

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Rawalpindi – Punjab

 

Amir Wakil

amir Name: Amir Wakil

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Awami Inqilab

Died on: January 24, 2009

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:On 24 January 2009, Aamir Wakil, 40, worked for a privately-owned TV station was murdered close to his home in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.The press freedom organisation offers its condolences to Wakil’s family and colleagues, including his brother Kamal Asfar, who is also a journalist.

“We strongly condemn Wakil’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although there is so far no evidence that it was linked to his work as a journalist, we call for the deployment of additional resources for the investigation and the prosecution of those responsible. Similarly, the authorities must consider new measures to protect privately-owned media after the attack on Samaa TV in Quetta.”

The press freedom organisation added: “If the climate of violence is not quickly brought under control, the government will not be able to say it is doing everything possible to ensure that Pakistani journalists can work in a free and safe environment. ”Three journalists have been killed in Pakistan since the start of the year, while seven were killed last year, making it the deadliest country in the world for the media after Iraq.

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Dawn reported:

ISLAMABAD: The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders Tuesday urged Pakistan to control violence after the recent killing of a journalist and an attack on a privately owned TV station.

If the climate of violence is not quickly brought under control, the government will not be able to say it is doing everything possible to ensure that Pakistani journalists can work in a free and safe environment, it said. A gunman shot dead freelance journalist Amir Wakil near his home in Rawalpindi late Saturday, his brother told AFP. The killers motive was not immediately clear. The man fired two shots when [Wakil] was entering his home after buying milk from a nearby shop, Kamal Azfar said.

We have no rivalry in Rawalpindi or in our village, he said, adding that police were trying to locate the killer. Reporters Without Borders condemned the killing.

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Raja Asad Hameed

download (1) Name: Raja Asad Hameed

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily The Nation

Died on: March 26, 2009

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Dawn reported:Senior journalist Raja Asad Hameed was gunned down here on late Thursday night. According to police, Raja Asad who worked for the Nawa-i-Waqt group, was shot by two gunmen riding a motorbike when he was parking his car outside his house after returning from office. The assailants escaped.Wajid Abbasi, a close relative of Mr Asad, said he was inside the house and came out after hearing gunshots. He found Asad lying in a pool of blood in the car. He took him to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Preliminary police report said that three shots had been fired and Asad was hit by two bullets. One bullet pierced his neck and the other went through his shoulder. His body was taken to District Headquarters Hospital for post-mortem.

Deputy Superintendent Police Sabir Nadeem, who is leading the investigation, said that no apparent reason for the murder could be ascertained.

The News reported:

The murder of senior journalist Raja Asad Hameed widely condoled by the journalists’ community and series of protest held across the country in this regard.Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and National Press Club held a rally started from the Press Club and ended in from of the Parliament House.

Raja Asad Hameed was a senior investigative reporter and was engaged with the beat of crime reporting and court reporting. He was killed by the assassins, as he reached his house in his car after leaving his office, which caused his death on the spot.

A large number of journalists participated in the protest and raised anti-government slogans for not taking any action over the series of murders taken place during the last couple of weeks.

The participants of the rally demanded government to take immediate notice of the murder of Raja Asad Hameed and other murdered journalists who killed while performing their duties dedicatedly.

The protestors said that such cowardly acts of target killing by the agencies could not discourage journalists for writing truth and they would continue presenting the actual facts despite the continuous pressures by the government and agencies.

They said it was the time that government should announce the investigation of Raja Asad Hameed’s murder case in order to curb such cases in future.

While addressing to the participants President Press Club Tariq Chaudhry warned government of long march saying that the journalist community would no longer stay silent over such barbaric killings of their fellows.

“The long march of lawyers stopped at Gujranawala but our long march would only end in the houses of the government,” he threatened.

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Shikarpur – Sindh

 

Amir Bux Brohi

download (1) Name: Amir Bux Brohi

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Kawish

Died on: September 2, 2003

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Christian Post reported:One more Journalist Amir Bux Brohi district reporter of Sindhi language daily has fallen victim to the 16th century feudalism still not only prevalent in Sindh province of Pakistan but reigning as de facto rulers of this part of world. Mir Bux Brohi was gunned down by 3 unknown armed men in Shikarpur city of Sindh province of Pakistan at 8 p.m. on Friday October 3,2003 only on some meters distance from office of District Police Officer Shikarpur. He was injured and rushed to civil hospital where he succumbed to injuries. He received 5 bullets two of them in neck, which proved fatal for his life. Amir Bux 28 was related with popular Sindhi language newspaper daily KAWISH since last 13 years.

He was unmarried. He had gone to DPO office and as he came out on road he was shot at few meters distance from the DPO office. Police reached the spot 45 minutes after the incident though the shots were heard in DPO office. Police failed to immediately seal the roads connecting the city. The assailants ran away in small streets. His marriage was set to be held after holy month of Ramadan’s year ago on 20th October 2002, Shaihid Soomro also related with daily Kawish was murdered for carrying stories of rigging in the general elections, which were held on 10 October 2002.

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Sialkot – Punjab

 

Jaffer Khan

download (1) Name: Jaffer Khan

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Local Daily

Died on: August 11, 2002

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Allegedly killed by a police party which was later arrested. No information available.

 

Swat – Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

 

Fazal Wahab

download (1) Name: Fazal Wahab

Worked as: Freelance Reporter

Worked for: Daily Azadi

Died on: January 21, 2003

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Yes

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists reported:Wahab, a freelance writer, was shot by unidentified gunmen as he sat in a roadside shop in Manglawar Bazaar, near the resort town of Mingora in northwestern Pakistan. The shopkeeper and his young assistant also died in the attack.Wahab, who lived in Mingora, had published several books in Urdu and Pashto that were critical of local religious leaders and Islamic militant organizations. Among Wahab’s work was the book, Mullah Ka Kirdar (The Mullah’s Role), which analyzed the Islamic clergy’s involvement in politics. He had also completed a manuscript about Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Local journalists and human rights activists told CPJ that Wahab had received threats for years in connection with his journalism. The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan found that police took no evident action to apprehend the killers.

IFEX noted:

Wahab was shot dead on 21 January by four armed men in the hill resort of Mingora, in North-West Frontier Province. Wahab, whose work was critical of radical Islamic clerics, had reportedly received death threats. However, in spite of informing the police, he was not provided with any extra protection. Wahab is believed to have caused local anger with his controversial writings. In 2000, his book “Mullah ka Kirdar” (“The Mullah’s Role”) was banned amid protests, and local clerics issued a religious ruling declaring him a “non-believer.” In 2002, he published a book critical of Osama bin Laden and Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

Local police say a murder case has been filed and an inquiry has begun, but so far no one has been arrested. However, Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, which has launched a separate investigation into Wahab’s murder, has reportedly stated that the police have taken no action to find his killers or to protect his family from further attacks.

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Siraj Uddin

 swat Name: Siraj Uddin

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: The Nation Daily

Died on: February 28, 2008

Reason of Death: Caught in a suicide blast

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Journalism Pakistan reported:MINGORA: Senior journalist Sirajuddin, killed in a suicide bomb blast in Swat more than four years ago, has been named for the President’s Award for Pride of Performance 2012.Siraj, who worked for The Nation was attending the funeral prayers of Deputy Superintendent of Police Javaid Iqbal when a Taliban bomber blew himself up killing 70 people, five of them belonging to Siraj’s family.Interior Minister Rehman Malik who visited the Swat Press Club this week also named Musa Khan Khel, Qari Muhammad Shoaib and Abdul Aziz Shaheen for the same award.

Abdul Aziz Shaheen

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Name: Abdul Aziz Shaheen

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Azadi

Died on: August 29, 2008

Reason of Death: Killed in ariel bombing by forces’ jets

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Uncertain

International Press Institute noted:Abdul Aziz Shaheen, 32, was killed in an attack by security forces on a Taliban hideout in Swat. He worked for the local Urdu-language daily Azadi and was allegedly abducted by a group of Taliban two days earlier and kept in a private jail. The Pakistan Press Foundation said the Taliban had been angered by reports he had written about their activities.

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

A Pakistani airstrike hit the lockup where Shaheen was being held by a local Taliban group in the Swat Valley, according to local news reports citing a Taliban spokesman. The spokesman, Muslim Khan, said Shaheen was among at least 25 people killed in the strike, according to the Daily Times newspaper. The precise location of the Taliban hideout was not reported.

Militants abducted Shaheen, who worked for the local Urdu-language daily Azadi and sometimes filed for other papers, on August 27, 2008, according to local news reports.

Owais Aslam Ali, secretary-general of the Pakistan Press Foundation, told CPJ that local journalists believed the Taliban abducted the journalist because of his work. Shaheen’s car was set on fire a week before he was abducted, although it was not clear whether the Taliban were responsible for that attack, the group reported. It said the journalist was kidnapped from the Peuchar area of the Matta Tehsil subdivision of Swat.

Mohammad Shoaib

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Name: Mohammad Shoaib

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Daily Khabarkar

Died on: November 8, 2008

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: No

Targeted: No

Dawn reported:MINGORA, Nov 9: A journalist was killed after security forces personnel allegedly fired on his vehicle while he was returning home from a hospital on Saturday night. The death of Qari Shoaib, who worked for an Urdu newspaper, sparked protests and local journalists held a demonstration on Sunday. Qari Shoaib was returning home from the hospital where his daughter is under treatment when his car came under fire near Green Chowk.

He suffered serious injuries and died soon after. He was laid to rest at his ancestral Ushu village in Kalam Area. Qari Shoaib has left behind two wives, three daughters and a son. He is the third journalist killed in Swat this year. On Feb 29, Sirajuddin Khan, was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral on Feb 29, killing 42 people.

Another journalist, Abdul Aziz, was killed when PAF jets bombed a militants’ hideout in Peuchar Valley on Aug 29. Mr Aziz had been kidnapped a few days earlier by the Taliban.

An emergency meeting of journalists was held at the Press Club here. It was attended by members of the Mingora Union of Journalists and Swat Union of Journalists. They condemned the incident as a targeted killing and demanded an independent inquiry.

The meeting was addressed by chief organiser of the Swat Press Club, Ghulam Farooq, chairman Salahuddin, general secretary Fazal Raheem, Swat Union of Journalist president Rasheed Iqbal and Mingora Union of Journalist president Syed Shahabuddin.

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Musa Khankhel

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Name: Musa Khankhel

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Geo News (TV)

Died on: February 9, 2018

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: No

The Guardian reported:MINGORA, Pakistan — Gunmen killed a Pakistani television reporter Wednesday hours after he covered a peace march led by a hard-line cleric aimed at convincing militants in the Swat Valley to lay down their weapons under a pact with the government, the victim’s employer said. It was unclear who shot Geo television’s Musa Khan Khel, but the incident shows that Swat remains a dangerous region despite Monday’s truce agreement, which NATO has warned risks giving the Taliban a “safe haven” in the former tourist region. Reporters have often been killed or kidnapped in northwest Pakistan in circumstances that are rarely investigated. Journalists there say they face threats from both militants and members of the security forces and have to be very careful on what and how they report.

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Committee to Protect Journalists noted:

No one claimed responsibility for the killing of Khankhel, who died in the first violation of a truce called two days earlier between the government and local militant groups, according to local and international news reports. Khankhel was targeted while covering a peace march led by Muslim cleric Sufi Muhammad, father-in-law of local Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah, the reports said.

Muhammad was seeking to recruit his son-in-law to join a cease-fire agreement he had negotiated with the government.Geo Managing Director Azhar Abbas told CPJ that Khankhel had become separated from the rest of his four-person reporting team in a militant-controlled area near the town of Matta. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and back of the head, Abbas said. A BBC report citing Khankhel’s brother said the journalist had been abducted at gunpoint from the peace march, and that his hands and feet were bound when his body was discovered.

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Turbat – Balochistan

 

Ilyas Nazar

download (1) Name: Ilyas Nazar

Worked as: Sub Editor

Worked for: Baloch Magazine

Died on: January 3, 2011

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

The News reported:ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Thursday condemned killing of journalist Ilyas Nazar in mysterious circumstances on Wednesday after being kidnapped about 10 days ago in Balochistan. Terming the killing an act of barbarism, the PFUJ said it has almost been made impossible for media-persons in Balochistan to perform their professional assignments without fear. Ilyas Nazar 22, Copy Editor of a Balochi language magazine, was whisked away by unknown kidnappers on the night of Dec 28 when he was coming from Quetta to Turbat. His body was found on a derelict road of Pidrak of Turbat on Wednesday.

The PFUJ said Pasni-based journalist Siddiq Eido, who had also been kidnapped by some unknown persons, was still missing.Condemning the killing of Ilyas Nazar, the PFUJ Secretary General said, “Pakistan has already been declared one of the most dangerous country of the world for reporting by all leading journalist organizations and the highest number of media related workers were killed during 2010 in the whole world”. The PFUJ called for immediate arrest of killers of Ilyas Nazar. The PFUJ also demanded immediate recovery of kidnapped journalist Siddiq Eido.

Abdul Razzaq Gul

download (1) Name: Abdul Razzaq Gul

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Express News

Died on: May 19, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

PPI reported:A journalist was shot dead after abduction in Turbat. According to details Abdul Razzaq Gul Baloch Reporter Express news was abducted by unknown persons at Turbat Sangani Sur last night. Later his dead body was thrown at the same place near his house Friday night. His dead body was shifted tohospital today and later delivered to his relatives. He was buried in the afternoon.

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Wana – Federally Administered Tribal Areas

 

Mir Nawab

Mir Name: Mir Nawab (Amir Nowab)

Worked as: Reporter& Cameraman

Worked for: Khyber TV, AP News Agency & Frontier Post

Died on: February 7, 2005

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Gunmen in South Waziristan fatally shot Allah Noor, a journalist for Peshawar-based Khyber TV, and Amir Nowab, a freelance cameraman for Associated Press Television News and a reporter for the Frontier Post newspaper. The journalists were riding with colleagues in a bus transporting them from the town of Sararogha, where they had covered the surrender of a suspected tribal militant, Baitullah Mehsud.

A car overtook the bus about 7:30 p.m. near the town of Wana, and assailants opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles, according to The Associated Press, which quoted Mahmood Shah, chief of security for Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Two other journalists riding in the bus were injured. Anwar Shakir, a stringer for Agence France-Presse, was wounded in the back during the attack, according to news reports. Dilawar Khan, who was working for Al-Jazeera, suffered minor injuries. Nowab was also known professionally as Mir Nawab.

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Allah Noor

 nadeem haider Name: Allah Noor

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: The Nation Daily

Died on: February 7, 2005

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Pakistan Press Foundation reported:Two journalists were shot dead and another received serious bullet wound when unidentified armed persons opened fire at their vehicle on February 7 in South Waziristan Agency (WANA) in Pakistan. One of the journalist killed was Allah Noor Wazir, correspondent of English language daily The Nation, Lahore, and Pashto language AVT Khyber Television. “He was a very daring journalist … very active and ready to take initiative,” said Amir Mateen, News Director of Khyber Television.

The other journalist killed was Amir Nawab Khan Wazir correspondent of English language daily The Frontier Post, Peshawar of a freelance cameraman for Associated Press Television News (APTN. Both the journalists who were killed belonged to the local Ahmadzai Wazir tribe.Anwar Shakir, correspondent of the Urdu language daily Islam, Karachi, and a stringer of the AFP news agency, received bullet wound in the abdomen and underwent surgery at a local hospital. His condition is stated to be stable and he expected to be moved to a larger hospital as soon as his condition permits. The journalists were traveling in a van after attending the ceremony arranged in connection with reconciliation between the government and rebel leader Baitullah Mehsud. When the journalists were near TB Hospital WANA, a group of armed persons in a car opened fire at them.

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Washuk – Balochistan

 

Abdul Qadir Hajizai

download (1) Name: Abdul Qadir Hajizai

Worked as: Reporter

Worked for: Wush TV

Died on: May 12, 2012

Reason of Death: Bullet wounds (Shot dead)

Threatened: Uncertain

Targeted: Yes

Committee to Protect Journalists noted:Armed men shot Hajizai, a headmaster of a middle school who also worked at WASH TV, a private Baluchi-language TV channel, according to local news reports. The journalist was taken to a hospital, where he died, the reports said.Hajizai was killed in the Basima area of Washik district, home of the Shamsi Air Field, which was used by the United States as a base for surveillance and drone operations against militants in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Two days after Hajizai’s death, the Baluch Liberation Front, an armed separatist group, claimed responsibility for his killing and called him a government informer. The journalist’s colleagues said they were unaware of any threats made against him.

The Baluchistan Union of Journalists issued a statement protesting the killing and appealed to the Supreme Court and the Baluchistan High Court to address the rising level of threats to journalists.

Asad Baig

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