Zafar Abbas

The lifeless body of the journalist who worked for DAWN was found ina dry well at Mauza Kali Shah of Punjab, eastern Pakistan, five days after he was kidnapped by unidentified people on his way home from work late at night on 7 September.

According to media reports, the kidnapping was filed to the local police station, however the police did not investigate the matter. Following the protest from the IFJ member Pakistani Federation Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and its affiliate Vehari Union condemning the authorities’ unwillingness to investigate, the Chief Minister of Punjab Province ordered an investigation and five suspects were identified in connection with the kidnapping and the murder of Abbas.