IFJ Condemns Attack on Brother of Slain Journalist



International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemns an attack on a

senior journalist in Pakistan,

Kamal Azfar, whose brother - also a journalist - was murdered last week.


According to

the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ),

an IFJ affiliate, Azfar’s car came

under fire in his hometown of Kohat,

in Pakistan’s

North-West Frontier Province (NWFP),

on February 1.


Azfar did

not suffer serious harm, but his car was badly damaged. The attackers

reportedly fled from the scene.



brother, Amir Wakil, who worked for a local television station and newspaper, was

murdered in Rawalpindi

on January 24.


Azfar, who

is also a member of the PFUJ’s executive council, subsequently received several

threats warning him against pursuing investigations into the murder. Azfar had

named two individuals as suspects in the murder of his brother, but no arrests

have been made.


“The IFJ fully

endorses the PFUJ’s demand that the authorities fully investigate the murder of

Amir Wakil and the attack on Kamal Azfar,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.



Federal Secretary of the Interior, Syed Kamal Shah, must make good on the

promise that he would investigate Wakil’s murder swiftly and purposively. The

IFJ also urges the authorities to ensure Azfar’s protection.”


The IFJ is

particularly concerned that there be an investigation into the possible links

between these attacks and the professional work of the two individuals as




and Union Leader Mourned


The IFJ also

joins the PFUJ in mourning the death of Roman Ahsan, a senior journalist and a

former president of the Punjab Union of Journalists, a constituent unit of the



Roman Ahsan

was a journalist with great professional commitment and a consistent defender

of press freedom.