Islamabad: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the assassination of journalist Mukarram Khan Atif in Charsadda and expressed concern that journalists’ killings have continued across the country despite assurances by the authorities.
“It is exceedingly unfortunate that despite repeated assurances by the government to protect journalists, Mukarram Khan Atif, a senior journalist working for the electronic media was killed in Shabqadar, Charsaddah, in a blatant attack,” the Daily Times quoted a statement issued by the HRCP, as saying.
The statement added that despite Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s advice to journalists last year that they should arm themselves for their own safety, the journalists and civil society still expect the authorities to protect them and track down their killers.
The HRCP said that it was not entirely unreasonable for journalists to question the government’s commitment to protect them from being killed in the country.
It urged the government to respond with effective steps, and demanded compensation for the slain journalists’ families.
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