The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands
an immediate investigation into the murder of journalist Abdul Hameed Hayatan
in Balochistan, including a full inquiry into allegations of involvement of
Pakistani security agencies.
of Hayatan, 25, was found in the village
near Turbat, in Pakistan’s southwest, on November
as Lala Hameed Baloch, Hayatan was found dead in a canal alongside his friend, Hamid
Ismail, after they disappeared from their home town of Gwadar, in Balochistan’s
west, on October 25, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
been shot in the head and chest and appeared to have been tortured. A note found with the bodies of Hayatan and Ismail said “A Gift of Eid
for the Balochs”, in reference to the Eid al-Adha holiday.
media reported that Hayatan, a reporter with DailyIntekhab and a founder of the Gwadar
Press Club, was allegedly abducted with his friend by state security agents. Hayatan was also reported to be active in the Balochistan Nationalist
of Hayatan brings to 11 the total number of reported deaths of media workers in
this year. Four of these deaths have been in Balochistan
The Balochistan Union of
Journalists, an affiliate of the PFUJ, has long agitated for full inquiries
into the murders of media personnel in Balochistan, and appropriate protection
to be provided by authorities. (See the IFJ’s 2009 Situation Report on
However, authorities have made no
arrests for murders of media personnel in the province, including the case of Chisti
Mujahid, a senior journalist with the weekly Akbar-e-Jehan, who was shot dead in Quetta in February 2008.
community in Gwadar, which staged protests demanding information about
Hayatan’s disappearance, declared three days of mourning for the death of their
state and federal authorities must immediately conduct a swift and credible
investigation into the murder of Abdul Hameed Hayatan. The allegations of state
security involvement must not stand in the way of a full inquiry and the
pursuit of justice to bring the perpetrators to account,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
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