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‘Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar issued from South Africa’

KARACHI – Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar were issued by some “influential people” living in South Africa but who have connections in Karachi, according to a report prepared by a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the case and the five suspects that have been arrested thus far.
Babar was murdered in broad daylight on January 13, 2011, with former provincial home minister Zulfiqar Mirza assuring the journalist community that his killers will be nabbed.
Five men

Bid to kidnap journalist foiled

CHICHAWATNI – The residents of Chak No 189/9.L of Chichawatni foiled a bid to kidnap a local journalist the other day. The incident occurred on the last night in the Ghaziadad police precincts when Sarfraz Ali, 33, accompanied by his friend, was going to his village from Lahore after duty hours.
As per reports, when Sarfraz Ali reached near his village, three men in a car forcibly stopped him and beat him up. Later, they tried to drag him into their car, but the locals came to

Five of journalist Wali Babar’s ’17 to 18 assassins’ arrested

KARACHI – Karachi police have arrested five of the “17 to 18” men suspected to be involved in the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar, claimed Capital City Police Officer (CCPO)-Karachi Saud Mirza on Thursday while addressing a press conference in his office.
“The accused have confessed during interrogation that they were involved in the killing of Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011,” Mirza claimed, adding that Babar was killed due to his daring reporting on target killers,

Indian journalist brings message of peace

LAHORE – Kuldip Nayar, who is heading an Indian peace delegation to Pakistan, visited the Lahore University of Management Sciences on Thursday. Nayar talked on Pakistan-India relations to an audience comprising LUMS students, members of the civil society and a host of former ambassadors of Pakistan. He stressed the need for peace between the two countries. He was of the opinion that the youth in both countries are crucial to shedding the mistrust that has developed since

Pakistani journalist honoured in Amsterdam

KARACHI – Pakistani journalist Azfar Bukhari was honoured at an event held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The programme was arranged by civil society organisations and was attended by noted personalities from various segments of life, including Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), international media personalities.
Bukhari, who could not attend the event, was honoured for his outstanding performance in journalism. On the occasion, MEP Godfrey Bloom said that Bukhari is a

PA opposition joins journalists in protest

LAHORE – Opposition in the Punjab Assembly joined the journalists in their protest on Tuesday against bullet injury to a television channel’s cameraman, while he was sitting in a media camp in the assembly’s courtyard on Monday.
Opposition’s lawmakers in the assembly expressed solidarity with the journalists, who wearing black armbands, protested against the incident and demanded the authorities arrest these responsible at once. They also boycotted the assembly’s proceedings. The

Afghan journalist missing since February

PESHAWAR – Saif-ur-Rehman Sherzad, an Afghan journalist associated with a local Pashto daily, is missing since the last week of February, Pakistan Today learned on Sunday. Rehman belonged to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and had been living in Peshawar for a long time.
His relatives told Pakistan Today that Rehman left his home in Hayatabad on February 24 and had not returned since. They said after getting no response from Rehman, they contacted Hayatabad Police but were

Blind Pakistani journalist dreams of peace

COLOMBO – Sania Zaidi sits in the R. Premadasa stadium press box as the World Cup drama unfolds beneath her. Nothing unusual about that except the 28-year-old Pakistani journalist has been blind since childhood and is on a mission to promote better relations between Pakistan and India. “I want cricket to promote peace, courtesy and courage which we have been lacking in our wonderful world. I can’t see it but I can sense it and am here at this World Cup to promote my mission,” Sania

Journalist Wali Babar’s ‘assassin’: dead or on-the-run?

KARACHI – The rumours mill went into overdrive on Sunday after text messages were circulated that journalist Wali Khan Babar’s suspected assassin, a man named Liaquat, had been killed. Police officials maintained, however, that law enforcers were carrying out raids in an attempt to nab Liaquat.
“These are just rumours; we are carrying out raids to arrest Liaquat, the main suspect of the case, and we are confident that we’ll arrest him soon,” a senior police official, speaking to

Journalist thrashed at airport

LAHORE – Airport Police allegedly thrashed a correspondent of a private news channel who went there to cover the arrival of the Indian delegation of the communist party on Saturday.
The reporter, Hassan Iftikhar, was beaten up for covering the arrival; he was left with a dislocated wrist and was rushed to the Services Hospital. Hassan, son of a prominent TV anchor Iftikhar Ahmad, said he was waiting for the delegation at the arrival lounge when six armed policemen from the

SAMC REPORT – ‘Pakistan bags top slot in journalist killing’

LAHORE – Pakistan was the most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2010, said South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) General Secretary Najam Sethi, while presenting a report on attack on the press in South Asia.
Sethi presented his report, South Asia Media Monitor 2010, at a conference organised by SAMC and Media Commission Pakistan. Other high profile speakers including I A Rehman, Arif Nizami and Khalid Ahmad expressed their views on this report. Sethi said,

PU official suspended for allegedly beating up journalist

LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) on Monday suspended Agricultural Officer Rana Qurban Ali for allegedly torturing journalist Abdul Manan and directed him to submit a written reply within five days. Disciplinary action was also initiated against Qurban’s friends who had helped him in beating and trying to abduct Manan on December 3.
The PU resident officer-II (RO-II) has written to the Law College principal and sports sciences and physical education department chairman to take