Khuzdar journalists receive threats from banned militant group
A banned militant organization “Baloch Musallah Defa Army” (BMDA) threatened six journalists belonging to Khuzdar district of Pakistan’s southern Balochistan province on November 25, 2011.
According to press reports Mir Jang Baloch, the spokesman of BMDA in a phone call to the Naushki Press Club said the organisation will target those journalists who are working as informers of separatist groups, Baloch Republican Army and Baloch Liberation Army. Jang also threatened the Khuzdar Press Club president, Nabeel Gurnani, against allowing his club to be used for ‘negative activities’.
The journalists who were threatened included Nabeel Gurnani, correspondent of “Express News” TV channel and president of Khuzdar Press club, Abdul Haq Baloch, correspondent of “ARY News” TV channel, Abdullah Khidrani, correspondent of “KTN News” TV channel and Daily “Kawaish”, Munir Noor, correspondent of Daily “Balochistan News” and Abdullah Shahwani, correspondent of “Aaj TV” channel.
Journalists from Khuzdar district after receiving the threats started a protest demo outside Khuzdar Press Club, where they warned that the fresh threats against journalists were alarming as three Khuzdar-based journalists had been killed for their reporting since June 2010. On November 28 the protesting journalists left for Quetta to stage a demo in front of Quetta Press Club on Tuesday.
Source: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)