SAMC, SAFMA seek probe into journalist’s killing
LAHORE: The South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) and South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Wednesday expressed shock at the murder of a Hangu-based senior journalist and called for a probe.
Haji Misri Khan Orakzai was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in front of the press club in the Hangu Bazaar early on Tuesday. A journalist for 20 years and president of the Hangu Union of Journalists, Orakzai was working as a reporter for two Urdu dailies. He had received death threats from the Taliban in the past. Denying that his family had any dispute or enmity with anyone in the area, the slain journalist’s son Osman Ghani said, “As far as we know, the incident is the result of his reporting.”
Concurring with Ghani’s assessment, SAMC and SAFMA in a press release said, “We support Ghani’s suspicion that the killing has a direct link to Orakzai’s journalistic work… in the Taliban-infested region, and threats against him further strengthen the suspicion.” SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam called upon the federal government and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti to investigative the killing and make the finding public.
Source: Daily Times