ISLAMABAD:The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists asked Pakistan to investigate the fatal shooting of a local journalist in the country’s southwest.
In a statement, the media watchdog Saturday demanded action against those responsible for the killing of 37-year-old Muhammad Jan, who was returning home late Thursday night when targeted by unidentified assailants. The journalist had worked for the Urdu-language daily and was teaching at a school.
No group claimed responsibility for the killing, but Pakistan is considered one of the deadliest countries for journalists. According to the watchdog, 59 journalists have been killed in Pakistan from 1992 to 2016.
“The authorities are surely aware of a climate of increased insecurity and fear among bloggers and activists after at least four bloggers were picked up in the last few days,” said HRCP chairwoman Zohra Yusuf.
In a statement, the HRCP called for their immediate recovery.
“It is in everyone’s interest that the missing bloggers are recovered without delay.”