Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
(PFUJ) in condemning an attack on an AVT Khyber News reporting team in Peshawar, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, on August 22.
Bureau chief Hazrat Khan Momand,
resident editor Akhbar-i-Khyber Nisar Khan and news controller Syed Waqas Shah
were reportedly intercepted by unknown men on a motorcycle near the Peshawar
High Court building as they returned to their office in the afternoon.
According to the PFUJ and its
affiliate, the Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ), the assailants verbally
abused the team before hurling bricks and stones at them. They fired shots as
Hazrat Khan Momand was seriously
injured and is recovering in hospital, according to the PFUJ.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the
attack may be related to Khyber News reports in recent days about allegations of
The team had earlier reported on the
welfare of provincial Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak, who is in
hospital after an ambush on his vehicle in Buner district on August 21.
The PFUJ and KhUJ demanded an immediate
inquiry into the attack on the news crew.
“Local and federal authorities must
respond with urgency to the alarming regularity of attacks against journalists in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and end the impunity which prevails for murder,
assault and abduction of media personnel across Pakistan,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
The PFUJ also noted concerns about another
attack on a television crew on August 19. In that incident, a Samaa TV team was
assaulted by police as they reported on the emergency response at the Hayatabad
Medical Complex after a suicide bomb attack killed 48 people at a mosque in
Jamrud, about 25 kilometres from Peshawar.
Samaa bureau chief Shaukat Khattak
was seriously injured in the incident. He told the Daily Times that a police officer struck him from behind as he
talked on the phone. Cameraman Imran and assistant Anwar Khan were also
The KhUJ will voice concerns about attacks
against the media at a demonstration at the Peshawar Press Club on August 23.
Meanwhile, grave concerns continue
to be held for the welfare of tribal journalist Rehmatullah Dawar, whose
whereabouts are unknown since he was abducted in North Waziristan, in Pakistan’s Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), on August 11.
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