Sunday, November 27, 2011

Balochistan: journalists suspend duties following threats by ISI proxy death squad

QUETTA: Following the release of a hit list including the names of four journalists, the Khuzdar Press Club announced on Saturday that the journalists of the Khuzdar district would suspend their professional duties by Sunday for an indefinite period of time. An armed group blamed for several killings, Baloch Musallah Defa Army (BMDA), issued a hit list of four journalists belonging to Khuzdar and said it would soon target these journalists. The journalists are Abdullah Kidrani, Abdullah Shawani, Munir Noor and Abdul Haq. The spokesperson of BMDA, who introduced himself as Mir Jang Baloch, told reporters at the Naushki Press Club that his organisation would target those journalists who were working as informers of the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), he Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and other separatist groups. The organisation threatened the Khuzdar Press Club president and said that he should not allow the press club to be used for ‘negative activities’. A Khuzdar-based journalist said on the condition of anonymity that the government was solely responsible for all the killings.

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