The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates are
shocked at the brutal murder of Tariq Kamal, a reporter with a Sindhi language
daily published in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi. Reported missing on May
7, along with a friend who runs a small business in Karachi, Tariq Kamal
reportedly had his last telephone conversation with his family the following
day. His body, bearing multiple bullet wounds and marks of torture, was found
along with his friend’s on May 9.
reports that he had left Karachi for another town in Sindh province on May 3 to
follow up what he described as an “exclusive” news story. He was reported
missing after his family failed to establish telephonic contact for well over
During his last
telephone conversation with his family, Kamal reportedly said that his ‘hours
were numbered’ and that he was soon going to be killed on the orders of a
“sardar”, a traditional clan chieftain, in the Sindh area.
indicate that Kamal’s abductors called his family using his cell phone to
inform them of their decision to kill him on charges of being a police
“We are shocked at
the continuing toll of life that endemic conflict is claiming among Pakistan’s
journalists”, said the IFJ Asia Pacific.
reports indicate that Kamal was engaged in legitimate news gathering activity
when he was abducted and later killed”.
anniversary of the brutal killing of investigative journalist Saleem
Shahzad is just two weeks away, and Kamal is the eighth journalist to
suffer a violent death in this period of time”.
security agencies and the political authorities all need to take note of this wholly
unacceptable deterioration in the security environment for journalists and take
immediate, credible measures to reverse it”.
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