In 2008, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the murder of Chishti Mujahid, who worked for the weekly Akhbar-e-Jahan.
Faiz, 27, had worked in journalism for a decade and was the main breadwinner in his family of four brothers, two sisters and his ageing parents. His marriage was to be solemnised next month.
The IFJ is shocked and saddened by this latest murder, which again shows that lawlessness in Balochistan is putting local media personnel at extreme danger as they exercise their duty to report,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.
“The IFJ joins the PFUJ in demanding an inquiry by a judge of the Balochistan High Court to bring the perpetrators of this violent crime to justice, and for Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments to provide financial compensation and support to Faiz’s family.”
In a separate incident in Lahore, Farrukh Asif, a cameraman for Express News, was brutally assaulted by police, the PFUJ reported.
Asif was filming police assaulting people at Liberty Market, when he was attacked by police. On the orders of Gulberg Station House Officer Ihsan Butt, more than a dozen police overpowered Asif and assaulted him publicly, snatched his camera and destroyed the footage, according to the PFUJ.
Media reports said Asif was taken by police to the Gulberg Station House where he was brutally assaulted before being rescued by colleagues. He suffered fractures to his arms and bruising.
“The IFJ demands that all police personnel involved in the attack on Asif be immediately arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law,” White said
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