April 08, 2015
ISLAMABAD: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the establishment of two judicial tribunals to investigate six journalist murders in Balochistan since 2011.
According to a statement from the Home Department in Quetta, the two tribunals will work in Khuzdar and Makran districts to investigate the murder cases of a number of journalists, naming those responsible and recommending measures to prevent such murders of journalists in future.
The News reported that murders of Abdul Haq Baloch, Javed Ahmed and Munir Shakil from Khuzdar district and Abdul Razzaq, Abudost Rind and Ilyas Nazar from Makran district, who were killed from 2011 to 2013 will be investigated.
Jane Worthington, the IFJ Asia Pacific acting director, said: “The IFJ welcomes the decision by the Balochistan government to investigate the murders of journalists. The IFJ views the development as a step forward in delivering justice and breaking Pakistan’s cycle of impunity.”
Pakistan remains the deadliest and most dangerous country for journalists in the world. In 2014, 14 journalists were killed for their work. Four of those murders were in Balochistan.
"The IFJ calls on the Balochistan provincial government to expand the reach of the tribunals to investigate all murder cases in the province and urges the government to establish a federal level mechanism to investigate “the murder of more than 100 Pakistani journalists since 2001.”