Journalist Abducted by Criminal Gang

The International Federation of Journalists has sent a letter of protest

to the President of Pakistan, voicing its concern over the recent

violent attack assault and abduction of Sami Paracha, a district

correspondent for the Daily Dawn newspaper in Kohat, North West Frontier

Province.


Recommended action:


Send appeals to:

General Pervez Musharraf


President and Chief Executive of Pakistan

Via Email: CE@pak.gov.pk

  • Condemning the assault and abduction of Sami Paracha

  • Urging the Government of Pakistan to bring his attackers

    to justice.


  • Urging the Government to ensure the safety of all journalists working in Pakistan.


  • For more information please contact Jacqui Park at

    ifj-asia@alliance.org.au


    Please copy appeals to the IFJ Asia Office at ifj-asia@alliance.org.au


    The IFJ have protested to the Government of Pakistan in the following

    letter:



    07 May 2003


    General Pervez Musharraf


    President and Chief Executive of Pakistan

    Via Email: CE@pak.gov.pk


    Dear General Musharraf,


    The International Federation of Journalists, the global organisation of

    journalists representing over 500,000 journalists worldwide, is deeply

    concerned about the assault and abduction of Sami Paracha, a district

    correspondent for the Daily Dawn newspaper in Kohat, North West Frontier

    Province.


    According to our information, Paracha was abducted and assaulted by a

    criminal gang on the 18 April 2003. Paracha had been investigating Pir

    Habib Shah, who had earlier been arrested and is currently receiving

    above standard medical attention at a hospital. Allegedly Pir Habib Shah

    became annoyed with Paracha's investigations and threatened Paracha.


    A group of Pir Habib Shah's associates allegedly visited Paracha's house

    and asked him to accompany them to a meeting, to be attended by the town

    mayor. However Paracha was taken to the hospital where he was

    threatened, beaten up and locked into a bathroom. Paracha was able to

    contact the senior superintendent of Police (SSP) with his mobile and

    alert the, of his situation.


    The Police raided the area where Paracha was being held captured and

    were successful in rescuing him. The SSP arrested five people and

    registered criminal complaints under the Anti-Terrorism ACT.


    The IFJ is requesting that the Government of Pakistan launch a full

    investigation into this event and ensure that the people responsible are

    brought to justice.


    The IFJ asks that you take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety

    of all journalists working in Pakistan.


    Yours sincerely,


    Christopher Warren

    President, IFJ