December 12, 2017
QUETTA – Seven years after the cold-blooded murder of journalist Muhammad Khan Sasoli in Khuzdar (Balochistan) his family awaits justice and his killers roam free.
Sasoli’s seventh death anniversary is being observed on December 14. He was killed by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near his home in 2010.
Following intense protests by journalists, the then Inspector General of Police had appointed Superintendent of Police, Khuzdar as the inquiry officer.
The SP was ordered to submit his report within one week which he did. However, the report was never made public.
He began his career in 2004 with Daily Zamana and Balochistan Times. Soon through his hard work he made a name for himself.
Sasoli’s colleagues remember him as a hard-working journalist who was also actively involved in social work.
Because of his efforts, work on a road leading to Bajori and Phashak began and there was also development in the education and health sectors.
Sasoli was elected the president of Khuzdar Press Club in 2009. Before that he held different positions in the club.
He left behind three sons – Mumtaz Sasoli, Shahbaz Sasoli and Shoaib Sasoli and a widow. He was the family’s sole bread-winner.
Balochistan has been declared one of the most dangerous places for the media. Since 2004, nearly 50 journalists have been killed. Among them, six, including Sasoli, belonged to Khuzdar.
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