Journalist shot and injured
Raja Munir, Abbottabad based reporter of Urdu daily “Nawa-i-Waqt”, received bullet injury in his right arm when three unidentified armed persons opened fire on him Saturday, June 19, 2010 in the city Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan . Local journalists suspect the attack was in retaliation for a news item filed by him about sale of narcotics in the city.
Naveed Akram Abbasi, reporter of Daily “Nawa-i-Waqt” told PPF that three masked men entered Munir’s shop at 10pm (local time) and fired at him. While attackers escaped, people rushed into the shop and took Munir to the hospital. He was operated upon on June 23 and the bullet was taken out. His condition is stated to be stable.
Abbasi said three weeks ago Munir had filed a news item in about the activities of drug peddlers in Abbottabad. Munir had informed Abbasi that he had received threats for running that news item.
Adil Abbasi, crime reporter of daily “Mashriq” said that police has arrested three suspects and are interrogating them.
Mir Muhammad Awan, President of Abbottabad Press club and Atif Qayyum, General Secretary of Abbottabad Union of Journalists strongly condemned the attack. Local journalists held a protest demonstration outside the press club and urged authorities to punish the culprits.
Source: Pakistan Press foundation (PPF)