JournalismPakistan.com October 20, 2012
NEW YORK: The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has called on Pakistani authorities to investigate the killing of two journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I condemn the murder of Adbul Kahliq and Mushtaq Khand,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “I am deeply concerned about attacks on journalists and media workers in Pakistan and call on the authorities to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.”
On September 29, Abdul Khaliq, also known as Abdul Haq Baloch, was shot by unidentified gunmen in Khuzdar, in Balochistan. Khaliq had worked as a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar.
A reporter for the privately-owned Dharti TV, Mushtaq Khand, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a public meeting in Khairpur, in the south-eastern province of Sindh, on October 7. Several other people were killed and injured in the attack, UNESCO added.
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