Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply saddened to learn that a trainee
journalist who was badly injured in a double-blast in Peshawar, Pakistan,
on June 11 has died in hospital.
Shafiullah Khan, 28, died on the
night of June 16 in a hospital at Wah Cantonment, near Rawalpindi, where he was being treated for
He had joined The News International as a trainee reporter at its Peshawar
office only a week before the attack, according to the Khyber Union of
Journalists, an affiliate of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).
Shafiullah Khan is the sixth
journalist reported killed in Pakistan
in 2011 in relation to their work.
His colleague, Asfandyar
Abid Naveed, of the daily Akhbar-i-Khyber,
died in the same incident, when a suicide attack at the Khyber Super Market late
on June 11 followed a low-intensity blast a few minutes earlier.
Shafiullah Khan was from Palangzai
village near Miranshah, the headquarters of militancy-plagued North Waziristan
Agency, and had recently completed a Masters in Journalism.
New to journalistic work, he joined
others in rushing to the scene of the first minor blast just a few metres away
from the newspaper’s office, and fell victim to the subsequent suicide attack.
More than 40 people died in the
incident, while eight media personnel including Shafiullah Khan were among the
more than 100 people injured. Most of those killed were reported to be young
“The IFJ extends its deepest
sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Shafiullah. Tragically, his
eagerness to cover an important story came at too high a cost,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The deaths of Shafiullah and
Asfandyar Abid Naveed once again draw acute attention to the dire need for
media outlets in Pakistan
to provide education and training on safety measures for media personnel at all
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