KARACHI: Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors CPNE President Jameel Athar Qazi and Secretary General Amir Mehmood on Thursday urged the federal and provincial governments to take notice of the target killings of journalists immediately, take steps across the country to safeguard them and provide compensation for the assassinated journalists.
In a statement, CPNE leaders deplored the killing of senior journalist and reporter of Geo and Jang, Malik Mumtaz, in terrorists’ firing in Miramshah on Wednesday and termed it an attack on the freedom of press.
They also expressed concern over the mysterious accidental death of senior APP reporter Khushnood Ali Shaikh and demanded that the killers of these journalists be arrested and brought to their logical ends.
The CPNE leaders said that journalism duties faces a quagmire of lifetaking threats as the journalists are falling prey to terrorism while the state is playing role as silence spectator.
“Over 30 journalists were killed in Balochistan during the last four years while over 90 others have lost their lives from 2001 to date.”
The CPNE leaders said that Mumtaz Malik is the second journalist, who fell victim to terrorism after Hayatullah in South Waziristan.
They said that South Waziristan faces extremism and it has become cumbersome for local journalists to work freely.