Police Probe Made ‘No Progress’ In Journalist Malik Khan Murder Case: RSF
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged the Pakistani government to probe murder of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa journalist Malik Khan.
RSF said that the police investigation made no progress and that no suspect had been identified despite a week since Malik Amanullah Khan’s murder. The Meezan-e-Adl reporter was shot four times on 30 April by two gunmen on a motorcycle.
In the initial police report, of which RSF has obtained a copy, the journalist’s family said they were not aware of any personal hostilities or conflict that could account for Khan’s execution-style murder.
Meezan-e-Adl editor Muhammad Sohail Gangohi described Khan as an ‘extremely brave’ reporter who was never afraid to expose social or political problems in the region he covered.
“His last report (on 20 April) was about the law and order situation in Parowa, where political leaders have allegedly been influencing police investigations into criminal gangs,” Gangohi said.
“Malik Khan’s profile and the nature of his published stories constitute clear grounds for thinking that he was targeted because of his investigative reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for an impartial investigation into the last week murder of Ali Sher Rajpar – a journalist from Sindh, who was well known for his investigative coverage of local municipal corruption and had just requested police protection.
Rajpar – a reporter for the Awami Awaz press group (which publishes the leading regional Sindhi-language daily) and president of the local press club in Padidan, Naushahro Feroze district – was slain in a chilling fashion on the evening of May 4, when he was shot five times at close range just after locking the press club gate.