PFUJ announces 2-days mourning -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PFUJ announces 2-days mourning

KARACHI: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has announced country wide demonstration on June 3 and rallies to protest and would observe two days mourning against brutal killing of Bureau Chief Asian Times Syed Saleem Shahzad.

Mr. Saleem worked for an Italian news agency and a Hong Kong-registered website, had talked of threats allegedly from some quarters on a number of occasions. PFUJ will also observe 2 days mourn over killing of Mr. Shahzad

According to the press release received here on Wednesday the PFUJ directed all its affiliated Union of Journalists to observe two days mourning over the brutal killing of the journalists, hoist black flags, and hold condolence meetings with the coordination of human rights activists, civil society, lawyers and political party’s activists.

The 40-year-old reporter who worked for Asia Times and the Adnkronos International news agency was last seen on the Asian Times website when he left home on May 29 to take part in a television talk show but never arrived. Instead, Shahzad’s body was found near his abandoned car outside Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Police said the corpse showed signs of torture.

The PFUJ condemned this blind murder and termed it a great loss to the deceased family and the journalists’ community.

The PFUJ said that deceased was one of the most active and a professional media person in country who was attached with media for over a decade.

It is the duty of the law enforcing agencies and Government of Pakistan and Government of Punjab to take serious notice of this blind murder and take appropriate measures for arresting the killer of the decade Syed Saleem Shahzad, the PFUJ asserted.

The PFUJ prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the members of the bereaved family.

The PFUJ also demanded to the Federal and provincial Governments of the Punjab for awarding compensation to the deceased family and to ensure the safety and protection of the media persons.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:6/2/2011