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Mushtaq Khand, Dharti

Mushtaq Khand, Dharti Television Networkand MehranOctober 7, 2012, in KhairpurKhand, 35, was among six people killed when gunmenopened fire on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)rally in Khairpur in Sindh province. A 10-year veteranjournalist, Khand was a reporter for Dharti TelevisionNetwork and had been the president of the KhairpurPress Club for five years. He had also worked for theSindhi newspaper Mehran in Hyderabad.Police conducted overnight raids after the shootingand arrested 10 unidentified suspects, news reportssaid. News accounts reported different motives for theshooting. Investigators first blamed a family feud forthe attack; Geo TV reported the gunfire erupted afteran argument between two rival groups at the rally.Khand was survived by two wives and severalchildren. After his funeral in his home village nearKhairpur, his colleagues and friends demonstrated infront of the Khairpur Press Club, protesting against thegovernment for failing to protect its citizens.Rehmatullah Abid, Dunya News andIntikhaabNovember 18, 2012, in PanjgurUnidentified gunmen on a motorcycle killed Abid ina barber shop in Panjgur district, about 375 miles(600 kilometers) from Quetta. Abid had worked as ageneral assignment reporter for the Urdu-languageDunya News, a news and current affairs TV channel,for several years and had also worked for the Urdulanguagedaily Intikhaab.According to the Pakistan Press Foundation, Abid wasshot six times, once in the head. The PPF also reportedthat Eesa Tareen, president of the Baluchistan Union ofJournalists, said Abid’s family was unaware of any personalenmities that would have caused his death.Aslam Raisani, chief minister of Baluchistan, issueda statement saying that “hidden hands” were attackingBaluchi journalists to stop them from working,according to news reports. Abid’s colleagues at the PPFsaid that they believed Abid had been killed becauseof his reporting. The Baluchistan Union of Journalistsappealed to the local and federal governments to addressthe rising levels of threats to Pakistani journalists.Saqib Khan, UmmatNovember 22, 2012, in KarachiKhan, a photographer for the Urdu-language paperUmmat, died from injuries he sustained in a bombexplosion that occurred 30 minutes after another blastoutside a Shia site in Karachi, according to the InternationalFederation of Journalists and the PakistanFederal Union of Journalists. Khan was killed whilecovering the first explosion, the same sources said.Police said the first blast was a suicide attack, whilethe second bomb was detonated with a remote-controlleddevice. The second bomb exploded about 50 feetfrom the first one, wounding reporters, police officers,and bomb disposal teams who had arrived at the scene.The bombs exploded at a site frequently used forShia commemoration ceremonies; Shias were celebratingthe holy month of Muharram, the first month ofthe Islamic calendar.No group claimed responsibility for the twin bombings,but two days after the explosions, Taliban spokesmanIhsanullah Ihsan called Agence France-Presse andsaid the Taliban had dispatched more than 20 suicidebombers to target Shia Muslims.Journalists Killed 2003-2012Motive UnconfirmedHere are capsule reports on journalists who were killed in unclear circumstances. When a motive is unclear, but it is possible that ajournalist was killed because of his or her work, CPJ classifies the case as “unconfirmed” and continues to investigate. CPJ regularlyreclassifies cases based on its ongoing research.Mohammad Ismail, Pakistan Press InternationalNovember 1, 2006, in IslamabadIsmail, Islamabad bureau chief for Pakistan PressInternational, was found near his home in Islamabadwith his head “smashed with some hard blunt object,”according to Mazhar Abbas, then secretary-general ofthe Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. The AssociatedPress reported that a police investigator said aniron bar might have been used as a weapon.Ismail was last seen the previous night as he wasleaving his house to take a walk. Doctors who receivedthe body when it was taken to a local hospital told thejournalists union that Ismail had been dead for a fewhours before being discovered.Ismail’s family told Abbas that they were at a lossas to what could have prompted the attack. They toldhim Ismail, who was nearing retirement, was carryinglittle of value when he was assaulted. Ismail’s newsagency was not known for particularly critical reportingof the government, CPJ research shows.ROOTS OF IMPUNITY 49

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