February 12, 2017
KHUZDAR – Three years after the cold-blooded murder of journalist Ijaz Mengal, the killers remain free and his family awaits justice.
Ijaz, was gunned down on February 14, 2014 in Khuzdar, Balochistan when on his bike on the RCD Road.
His elder brother, Riaz Mengal, an ex-president of Khuzdar Press Club and a senior journalist told JournalismPakistan.com Sunday that police and the provincial government had done nothing significant to arrest the murderers.
Khuzdar has been termed a graveyard of journalists where eight media persons have been killed in as many years.
Riaz was kidnapped in October 2007 because of his work. He however, managed to escape after 56 days in captivity. He continued to receive death threats and later had to flee his home town along with his family.
Riaz regretted that none of journalists’ killers in Khuzdar has been arrested. "Our families remain in constant fear," he said.
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