IFJ urges Pakistan to step up security of journalists
KARACHI (February 14 2008): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) urged the Government and President of Pakistan to step up security measures immediately after six journalists were critically injured in a bomb blast in Khuzdar on February 12, as tensions rise in the lead-up to the country’s national elections on February 18.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, reported that the blast occurred near the office of independent electoral candidate, Aslam Bizenjo, in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan, as he was about to hold a press conference.
Several people were reported injured, including six journalists. Two journalists are in a critical condition. The PFUJ said the five injured journalists are Ayub Baluch of Geo-TV; Munir Noor of Rang TV; Abdullah of KTN and stringers Latif Baluch and Munir Shakir.
Source: Business Recorder