The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins
its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in demanding an
immediate investigation into the death of Ilyas Nazar, who was found dead in
Pidarak, Balochistan, in Pakistan’s
south-west, on January 5.
journalist with the Baloch-language magazine Darwanth, was reportedly abducted on the night of December 28 while
travelling from Balochistan’s capital, Quetta,
to his home in Turbat in the south of the province. His body was found
alongside that of Baloch Students’ Organisation-Azad (BSO Azad) central executive
committee member Qambar Chakar, who had disappeared from his home in Turbat on
unclear whether Nazar was killed because of his work as a journalist, or if he
was connected to the BSO Azad or Chakar. Both men suffered multiple gunshot
wounds to the head and chest, a hallmark of many of the recent killings in Balochistan.
in Balochistan must act quickly to investigate Nazar’s death, to send a message
to those responsible that the murder and abduction of journalists will not
continue to go unpunished,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
disturbing frequency with which media personnel were attacked and killed in Balochistan
in 2010 must end.”
2010 report on journalists killed while conducting their work, Balochistan
was the most dangerous region of the most dangerous country in the world for
journalists last year. Of 97 journalists killed worldwide last year, 15 died in
Of that number, six deaths were reported in Balochistan.
reports that news of Nazar’s death comes amid concerns for the welfare of Siddiq
Eido, a journalist from Pasni, also in Balochistan, who has been missing also since
about the IFJ report on journalists killed in 2010 can be found at: http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-reports-heavy-media-loss-to-violence-after-97-journalists-died-in-2010
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