New York, April 14, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a journalist was shot and killed today in the unstable province of Baluchistan in southwestern Pakistan. CPJ is investigating whether his murder was connected to his reporting.
Khadim Hussain Sheikh, a stringer for Sindh TV, was killed by unidentified gunmen as he left his home by motorbike in the town of Hub, 23 miles (35km) north of Karachi, according to the Pakistan Federation of Journalists Union (PFUJ) and the Associated Press of Pakistan. Sheikh was also the local bureau chief for the national Urdu-language daily newspaper Khabrein, according to Mazhar Abbas, secretary-general of the PFUJ. The motive for the killing is unknown, Abbas told CPJ.
New York, February 12, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Dr. Chishti Mujahid, a columnist for the weekly magazine Akbar-e-Jehan, who was shot and killed in a targeted attack outside his home in Quetta on Saturday.
Mujahid, an eye doctor who had written a column for more than 20 years, was shot in the head and chest by an unknown gunman as he left his house, according to the Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists and local news reports. The spokesman for a banned insurgent group, the Baluch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the murder in a phone call to the Quetta Press Club, saying Mujahid was “against” the Baluch cause, local news reports said.