42 journalists killed during last four years, Senate told
Parliamentary Affairs Minister says only one accused involved in killing of mediamen could be apprehended
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Upper house of the Parliament was told on Friday that 42 journalists were killed during last four years, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Giving details of the slain journalists during the question-hour session, Senator Mushtaq Ahmad said 15 journalists from Punjab, 13 from Sindh, 10 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and three from Balochistan were killed during four years.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi said only one accused involved in killing of journalists could be apprehended. He said Interior Ministry should submit a detailed report in the house about killing of media persons.
Senator Mushtaq said many journalists including Hamid Mir were attacked but no one could be arrested. He said that had culprits involved in killing of media persons apprehended, Arshad Sharif would not have been killed. He said federal and provincial governments had been unsuccessful in giving protection to the journalist community. Murtaza Javed Abbasi said martyrdom of so many journalists was a matter of great concern. He said 50 percent of culprits involved in killing of mediamen could not be arrested which was surprising.
Senator Kamran Murtaza, taking part in house proceedings, said a journalist sacrifices even his life in search of truth and righteousness. “Against whom they were working? he asked about slain journalists. “If we find any answer to this question, all the culprits will be behind bars,” he was of the view.