Pakistan Authorities Must Act to Stop Balochistan Murders

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands

an immediate investigation into the death of Mohammad Khan Sasoli, who was shot

dead in Khuzdar, Balochistan province, in Pakistan’s south-west, on December

14.

 

Sasoli, a

correspondent with Daily Balochistan Times and DawnNews TV, and president of the Khuzdar Press Club, is the sixth

journalist to be reported killed in Balochistan this year, among a total death

toll in Pakistan

of 15 journalists and media workers. Four journalists have been killed in Pakistan

in the past 10 days.

 

The Pakistan

Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, reports that Sasoli was

shot by two unidentified motorcyclists as he stepped out of his car, after

returning home from the press club. He was taken to hospital by his family after

sustaining bullet wounds to the head and chest, but died before he could receive

medical attention, according to local media reports.

 

The motive

for the killing was not clear.

 

“Balochistan

has become a notoriously dangerous location in which to work as a journalist,

with a death toll for 2010 that surpasses most countries,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“Of grave concern

is the shameful lack of action by authorities to investigate these murders and

bring those responsible to justice.”

 

Faiz

Mohammad Sasoli, a former president of the same press club, was murdered in

similar circumstances on June

27. Journalists in Khuzdar claim that all members of the club face threats

from militant Baloch autonomy movements, the PFUJ reports.

 

No arrests

have been made for the murder of Faiz, or the abduction and murder of Abdul

Hameed Hayatan, whose body was found near Turbat in Balochistan on November

18. Hayatan was allegedly abducted by state security agents before his death.

 

“The IFJ supports

the demands of the PFUJ that the Government of Balochistan dedicate all

necessary resources to arresting and punishing the killers of these journalists,

and bring an end to impunity for media killings,” Park said.

 

Mohammad

Khan Sasoli is survived by his wife and son.

 

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further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

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