CPNE con­demns killing of scribes

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KARACHI: Coun­cil of Pak­istan News­pa­per Ed­i­tors (CPNE) Pres­i­dent, Mu­jib-urRehman Shami and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr. Jab­bar Khat­tak strongly con­demned killing of three jour­nal­ists of On­line In­ter­na­tional News Net­work, Quetta Bureau.

Bureau Chief, Ir­shad Mas­toi, Re­porter Ab­dul Ra­sool Kha­jak and Ac­coun­tant Mo­ham­mad Yousuf were killed at their of­fice at Quetta by un­known as­sailant.

The CPNE said itch seems a deep con­spir­acy to curb the voice of press and de­manded with Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter Dr. Ab­dul Ma­lik Baloch im­me­di­ate ar­rest of cul­prits so that they may be taken to task.

In a state­ment is­sued CPNE also ex­pressed its deep con­cerns that Balochis­tan jour­nal­ists are work­ing in worst law and or­der con­di­tion, around 30 jour­nal­ists have scar­i­fied their lives in the line of duty but not a sin­gle killer has been ar­rested so far which has re­sulted in­crease at­tacks on jour­nal­ists and me­dia houses.

CPNE de­manded that Balochis­tan govern­ment should make proper ar­range­ments for se­cu­rity and safety of jour­nal­ists and me­dia houses and im­me­di­ate pro­vi­sion of as­sis­tance to the mar­tyred jour­nal­ist's fam­i­lies.

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Fri­day sought re­port from the au­thor­i­ties con- cerned on the killing of three jour­nal­ists in Quetta.

The jour­nal­ists in­clud­ing As­sign­ment Edi­tor of ARY News Quetta Bureau, Ir­shad Mas­toi, two staffers of On­line News Agency, Ab­dul Ra­sool and You­nis were killed in a fir­ing in­ci­dent took place in Quetta on Thurs­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter also ex­pressed shock and grief over the tragic in­ci­dent. He prayed for the de­parted souls and

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