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
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.
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.
for the killing was not clear.
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.”
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.
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.
Khan Sasoli is survived by his wife and son.
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