Journalists suffer heavily in war on terror in Pakistan

16:36, June 17, 2010      

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During the ongoing war on terror in Pakistan's tribal area for the last six years, millions of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal areas had been affected and journalists were the worst sufferers, according to local media on Thursday.

On the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of martyred journalist Hayatullah Khan on Wednesday, various journalist unions in Peshawar, the main city in northwest Pakistan, said in a press conference that about 25 to 30 newspaper correspondents were injured and killed in last six years, while dozens of relatives of journalists were kidnapped, and later released after paying huge ransom.

The offices-bearers of various journalist unions demanded of the government to immediately publish the inquiry report of Peshawar High Court about the brutal killing of Hayatullah.

The journalist representatives asked the government to immediately announce financial compensation package and allotment of residential plots in capital Islamabad for the relatives of deceased journalists, as they were still facing security risks.

Khan was abducted on Dec. 5, 2005 and his handcuffed body was found near Mir Ali in North Waziristan tribal area in 2006.

He had been shot in the head, and his thin body suggested that he underwent considerable suffering in the six months in captivity that preceded his death.

Source: Xinhua


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