It is not clear whether Nizzar was killed because of his work as a journalist. His body was found alongside that of a member of the Baluch Students’ Organization, Qambar Chakar, who had disappeared from his home in Turbat on November 27.
“Pakistan has a long, harsh record of impunity for those who kill journalists, and we hope that this murder will not remain unsolved as have so many,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “Ilyas Nizzar’s death must be fully investigated and his killers brought to justice.”
Pakistan ranked at the top of the list of countries in which journalists are killed for their work in 2010, according to CPJ data. The country also ranked 10th on CPJ’s Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are slain and killers go free.