Pakistan Observer

PFUJ condemns journalist’s killing

Monday, May 21, 2012 - Islamabad—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned in the strongest words the killing of a journalist in Turbat city of Balochistan province on May 19, 2012.

The bullet-riddled body of Razzaq Gul was found from a deserted area near Turbat city in Kech district Saturday.

According to media reports, relatives of Razzaq Gul said he had been kidnapped from near his house on Friday evening and had been missing since then.

Gul’s body was found near Singani Sar area close to the Old Civil Hospital in Turbat.

His body was shifted to a hospital where his brother identified him.

“The victim was shot in the head and chest, and his body bore marks of torture,” hospital sources said.

Gul had received 15 bullets to his head and chest, and had died instantly.

PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat said the target killing of journalists in Balochistan had increased, which was alarming.

“We demand the law enforcement agencies to increase the level of security for journalists who are being continuously targeted over the last few years,” Mr Shaukat said, adding that, “we warn the government that if necessary measures are not taken to provide security to journalists and arrest the culprits, the journalist community would take extreme steps.”—Online

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