IFJ Mourns Journalist Shot Dead in Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns

the murder of journalist Aamir Wakil in Pakistan at the weekend.


Aamir Wakil, 41, who worked for a private regional television

channel and contributed to a local newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified

gunmen near his house in Dhoke Khabba, Rawalpindi, on January 24.


The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ

affiliate, reports that the Federal Secretary of the Interior, Syed Kamal Shah,

has assured the PFUJ that police will conduct a prompt investigation and bring

the perpetrators to justice.


The IFJ joins the PFUJ in calling on the police to act

quickly on the Interior Secretary’s directive to conduct a full and thorough



The motive for the murder is unclear, but the PFUJ urges authorities

to investigate links to Wakil’s work as a journalist.


Wakil’s brother, Kamal Azfar, who is also a journalist and a

member of the PFUJ’s Federal Executive Council, said the police had been

informed about possible suspects.


“The murder of Aamir Wakil is yet another tragic reminder of

the dangerous environment for journalists working Pakistan,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said. “The IFJ calls on

Pakistan’s Government to follow through on its promise to ensure that those

responsible for Wakil’s murder – and all other murders of media personnel in

Pakistan - are brought to justice.”


Pakistan is among the most dangerous countries

in the world in which to work as a journalist. In 2008, seven journalists were

killed in the country, according to the IFJ.


the IFJ joined the PFUJ in expressing further concerns about the safety of

media personnel in Pakistan,

after members of the public attacked a private TV channel in Quetta,

Baluchistan, on Monday.



SAMAA office was attacked by members of a crowd protesting the murder of a

local leader. The PFUJ said it received reports that stones were thrown and some

bullets were fired at the office. No one was hurt, although an office vehicle and

some equipment were damaged.



PFUJ called on the government of Baluchistan

to enhance security near the office, and urged SAMAA’s management to provide

insurance cover for staff.



often come under such attacks, particularly in conflict areas like Baluchistan, and it is very important that journalists

working in these areas get proper insurance cover and training," the PFUJ



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