The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ), and its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), is
alarmed and saddened by the murder of senior journalist Mukaram Khan Atif on January
According to the Khyber
Union of Journalists (KhUJ) General Secretary Yousuf Ali, Khan Atif was
offering evening prayers at a mosque near his home in Shabqadar
Town, Charsadda, in Pakistan’s central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, when two gunmen opened
fire, shooting him in the head and chest. He was taken to a local hospital
where he died later that evening.
Khan Atif, a journalist
for 15 years, was working as a correspondent for Dewa Radio - a Pashto language
radio channel of the Voice of America and a reporter for Dunya TV.
According to an AFP
report, militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility
for the killing.
Tribal Union of
Journalists (TUJ) President Safdar Dawar has condemned the murder and claims
that Mukaram Khan Atif had been receiving threats since locating to
Charsadda. He added that this is the
first time that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed
responsibility for such an attack. The KhUJ, Peshawar Press Club and TUJ have
called a meeting to devise a strategy on how to deal with threats to
“This is a terrible
tragedy, both for Khan Atif’s family and for the journalist community in Pakistan”, IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“It is time for Pakistan’s
media houses and government to end the impunity, respond to attacks and threats
made against journalists and protect media workers from increasing risks.”
Last year, as many as ten
journalists were killed and many more injured, making Pakistan the most
dangerous country for journalists for the second year in a row.
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