Two journalists hurt in bomb blast at newspaper offices in Pakistan
Two journalists, including a photojournalist, received minor injuries on October 20 when a bomb went off outside the offices of local newspapers in Quetta, the capital city of PakistanÂ’s southern province of Balochistan that borders Afghanistan.
The bomb which was planted in a gas geyser, exploded around 4:00 PM, shattered window panes in nearby buildings and triggered panic in the area.
Sub editor Abdul Qayum and photojournalist Jamal Tarakai of the Daily “Awam” sustained minor injuries as a result of the blast. The offices of five daily newspapers — “Awam”, “Atemad”, “Intekhab”, “Public” and “Tijarat” – located in the same building were also damaged in the explosion.
The President and the Secretary General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed concern over the explosion and demanded protection for the newspapers offices and journalists. They criticised the government for not giving due protection to the journalists who are being persistently harassed and threatened.
Secretary General of Council of Newspapers Editors (CPNE) Khushnood Ali Khan condemned explosion and demanded the government take practical steps for giving due protection to newspapers offices. He expressed concern at insecure environment for journalists.