Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists (PFUJ) in demanding an immediate investigation into the murder
of journalist Misri Khan in Hangu, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan’s north-west, on September
Khan, 50, was a senior journalist
with the Daily Ausaf. He had owned a
well-known news service in Hangu and served as president of the Hangu Union of
He was shot by unidentified gunmen while
entering his office at the Hangu Press Club, and died in Hangu district
hospital a short time later. He is survived by his wife and 11 children.
The motivation for his murder is not
yet clear, but Khan is known to have received several death threats from
militants for his uncompromising reporting and had been subjected to attacks in
“Misri Khan’s murder is yet another
terrible reminder of how dangerous it is for journalists working in Pakistan,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.
“The IFJ joins Khan’s colleagues and
family in mourning his death and demands that authorities take swift action to
bring his killers to justice.
“Pakistan’s power-holders must act
to end the culture of impunity for the murders of journalists, and order local
and federal authorities to conduct immediate investigations in order to prosecute
In a separate case, the PFUJ
expressed grave concerns for the welfare of Hasan Sharjeel, the abducted 18-year-old son of Shakil Turabi, editor-in-chief of the
Islamabad-based South Asian News Agency. Sharjeel has been missing since
to the PFUJ, Turabi believes his journalistic work is the motivation for the abduction of
After a ransom letter from the supposed
abductors turned out to be fake, Turabi alleges that Pakistani intelligence operatives
are holding Sharjeel hostage. Army sources have suggested to him the young man
has been detained in relation to an attack on a mosque in which senior military
officials were killed.
Turabi has requested the Supreme Court take action, and the court has
since ordered Pakistan’s
Interior Ministry to help locate Sharjeel and identify those responsible
for his abduction.
An initial hearing scheduled for
September 7 was postponed until September 20, according to local media reports.
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