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Pakistani journalist killed in bomb attack in Balochistan

By PTI

Karachi: A 35-year-old Pakistani journalist was killed in an attack by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army in the country’s restive Balochistan province.

Idgah station house officer Nadeem Haider quoted Dawn as saying that Shahid Zehri, who has been associated with Metro 1 News, was traveling in a car in the province’s hub city when he was attacked with a homemade grenade on Sunday. Gaya. News.

The report said that a TV reporter Jehri suffered serious injuries and another injured person was initially taken to Hub Civil Hospital and later to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, where Zehri was declared brought dead.

CCTV footage of the incident as seen by Dawn.com showed an explosion on the side of the road near Zehri’s moving car as he took a U-turn on a busy road.

The nature of the bomb could not be immediately confirmed.

The outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) later claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

In February, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors’ (CPNE) Media Freedom Report 2020 revealed that at least 10 journalists were murdered and many others threatened, kidnapped while discharging their professional responsibilities in 2020. , was tortured and arrested on trumped-up charges. Alone, the Dawn report said.

No action has been taken so far against those responsible for torturing and killing journalists and it seems that such people deserve impunity.

“It is a matter of grave concern that the country’s legal system has become ineffective in protecting journalists and providing them justice,” the report said.

Balochistan has been witness to low level violence for years.

Local Baloch nationalists, BLA and Taliban militants have been involved in these attacks.

In 2019, the United States designated the BLA, which is fighting Pakistani rule in Balochistan province, as a terrorist organization.

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