Monday, November 19, 2012

More Journalists Are Slain as a Culture of Impunity Thrives in Pakistan

At least two journalists, one full-time and a part-time, have been killed in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province in the past one week. Unidentified armed men carried out both the murderous attacks in the Pakistan-Iran border district of Panjgur. The attackers managed to flee after killing the journalists while the district police do not seem to have specific clues about the actual murderers and their motivations. Death squads affiliated with Pakistani military's intelligence agencies and Baloch armed nationalists, who seek a separate homeland for the ethnic Baloch people, have both been blamed for targeting journalists. None of the groups has, however, accepted responsibility for the fresh killings in Panjgur.

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