CPJ calls for probe into kidnapping of journalist
By Masood Haider
NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Tuesday for an immediate investigation into Monday`s abduction and abuse of senior journa- list and vice-president of the Karachi Union of Journalists, Mohammad Rafique Baloch.
“The most recent attack on Mohammad Rafique Baloch is an indicator of the government`s increasing inability to protect its citizens, including journalists,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ`s Asia programme coordinator. “We fear that this attack will go uninvestigated as so many others have.”
The New York-based watchdog group noted that according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Mr Baloch was going to the Sindh High Court, when he was picked up by a group of men, forced into a vehicle, taken to an unknown destination, and released in a remote area of the city at around 1 pm.
The PFUJ said Mr Baloch was verbally abused and manhandled by his abductors. The CPJ group called for an impartial inquiry into the incident.