JACOBABAD: A case has been registered against six accused (including a policeman) for allegedly murdering KTN journalist Zulfiqar Mandrani hailing from Dodapur area, here today.
According to SSP Jacobabad Bashir Ahmad Brohi those nominated in the case are (policeman) Mumtaz Daio, Akbar Ali, Syed Imam Shah, Ghulam Ali, Riaz Daio and Nazeer Daio. While Nazir Diao and Riaz Diao had been arrested with weapons allegedly used in the murder, the other four are still at large. Police is conducting raids for their arrests.
Father of the murdered journalist has claimed that the accused used to threaten his son for running stories against them. According to him when they were passing by the market place the accused policeman and his 5 accomplices attacked his son Zulfiqar Mandrani. Later they took him to an empty house and shot him dead. The six accused then bolted from the scene of crime under the cover of aerial firing.
Earlier, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) G. M. Jamali and Secretary General Rana Mohammad Azeem had strongly condemned the murder of Zulfiqar Mandrani, reporter associated with KTN Group, who had been gunned down in Tehsil Gri Khero’s city Dodapur on Tuesday 26th of May, 2020 by unidentified assassins. The PFUJ leadership had demanded immediate arrest of the killers.
Press Freedom Day: IFJ report on Pakistan
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) had released a report on the state of affairs in Pakistan on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day:
Pakistan’s Media in 2019 reeled under an unrelenting clampdown, enduring repression which can be likened to ‘waterboarding’, or a form of slow torture as journalists struggled to survive physical attacks and threats to their livelihoods.
Journalists, the basic source of news and information, remain as vulnerable as ever frequently targeted, harassed and even murdered. While the media is responsible for creating public awareness on national and international issues, there is no effective law governing the security and safety of journalists in Pakistan.
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