PPF condemns the targeted murder of television reporter Shahid Zehri
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is saddened by the murder of journalist Shahid Zehri in a targeted bomb attack claimed by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and strongly condemn this incident. We offer our condolences to Zehri’s family and colleagues. We urge the relevant authorities to ensure timely justice.
It is unacceptable that journalists continue to be targeted for and lose their lives in Pakistan. We urge the state authorities to follow the case and ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.
On October 10, Zehri, a reporter for Metro 1, was killed in an explosion in the industrial area of Hub. Press reports citing the police said that the 35-year-old journalist was on his way home when the blast took place. Some reports said that the device was attached to his car and was set off with a remote control. Meanwhile, daily Dawn quoted another police official, Younis Raza, who said that it was a grenade attack.
An investigation has been launched.
The BLA has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to The News, in a statement shared on social media, the BLA said “the reporter was spying on them”.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has also condemned the murder and called for “immediate arrest of the culprits”.
In a statement PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi urged both provincial and federal authorities to “strictly deal with anti-media elements, who are committing crimes against peaceful journalists and provide safety and security to the media community in the country”.