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PFP condemns brutal killing of Afghan journalist in Pakistan

posted Aug 30, 2009, 12:33 AM by Zafar Iqbal   [ updated Aug 30, 2009, 12:46 AM by PFP Admin ]

Islamabad,, 25 August, 2009

Press for Peace (PFP) on Tuesday expressed deep concern over brutal killing of an Afghan journalist in the tribal area of Pakistan.

PFP Executive Director Zafar Iqbal, while condemning the shocking incident said that Pakistan government must bring to justice the persons responsible for the murder of an innocent journalist.

Janullah Hashimzada, 40, was returning from Afghanistan in a passenger coach when militants ambushed the vehicle near Jamrud town of Khyber Agency, a known stronghold of Taliban militants near Pak-Afghan border.

Shamim Shahid, the head of the local press club in Peshawar said on Monday that Hashimzada had been targeted because his reporting had upset key players in the region.

“Hashimzada was very critical of the Taliban, and some of his reporting was unacceptable both to Pakistani and Afghan governments and intelligence agencies,” Shahid was quoted as saying in a statement.

“He had too much information regarding the militants, the Taliban and the intelligence agencies,” Shahid added.

PFP Chief Executive, quoting international media organizations, said that 7 journalists had been killed in the northwestern Pakistan in the past two years, which he said had been branded the world's most dangerous regions for journalists.

At least two Pakistani journalists have been killed this year alone in the region, which is also the location of frequent bomb attacks, he said.

Iqbal asked international humanitarian and media groups to forcefully condemn atrocious killings of journalist in terrorism hit areas of Pakistan. 

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