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IFJ concerned over killing, detention of Pak journalists

ISLAMABAD: The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its deep concern over the murder of Pakistani journalist Amir Bux Brohi and the detention of journalists Nasarullah Afridi and Aurangzeb Afridi in Peshawar.

IFJ, a global organization of journalists, in a letter addressed to President General Pervez Musharraf, observed that Amir Brohi was known for his investigative reports on the Karo-Kari.Amir Bux Brohi, a correspondent of Sindhi-language daily Kawish, was gunned down by three unidentified assailants on October 3. The attackers fled the scene and to date the Police have not been able to make an arrest connected to the murder.

The IFJ also expressed its concern over a the arrest of two journalists, Nasarullah Afridi and Aurangzeb Afridi, correspondents for the Urdu language dailies Mashriq and Subah, from the city of Peshawar in NWFP, who were detained in a private prison for several hours on September 18, 2003.

“According to our information, the two journalists were held captive in a private prison by Tanzeem-e-Ittehad Ulema, an out-lawed fundamentalist group. Both of them were released after sever-al hours due to external pressure from influential individuals,” the IFJ President said in his letter.

“The IFJ is requesting that the Government of Pakistan must launch a full investigation into both of these incidents and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” the IFJ President said. The international body of the journalists reminded the Pakistan government that violence was the worst form of censorship and that journalists must be free to work without fear of violence or reprisal.
Source: Business recorder
Date:10/13/2003