Journalist Wasim Alam laid to rest in Karak

KARAK: A journalist, Waseem Alam from the Batani Khel area of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, associated with a local newspaper was laid to rest on Sunday.

Wasim was shot dead by unidentified persons on Saturday evening in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkwa. People from different walks of life including Journalists, scores of his well-wishers, civil society members and friends attended his funeral prayer.

Fatiha offered for the departed soul of late Wasim Alam at Karak, Islamabad, Karachi and Multan Press Clubs attended by several others seniors Journalists.

They demanded the federal government and chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkwa to announce a martyr package for the family of late Wasim Alam and arrest the culprits who involved in his killing.

The journalist was killed by armed men in the Batani Khel area, within the jurisdiction of Karak Police Station. He was associated with a local newspaper, Sada-e-lawaghir.

According to the FIR, registered on behalf of the victim’s mother, Alam was returning home on his motorcycle when he was targeted near the Batani Khel Government School. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

KP Chief Minister Mehmood khan condemned that journalist’s killing and directed the police to arrest the perpetrators at the earliest. Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists, with 70 having been killed in the country in the last two decades, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) Media Freedom Report 2020, 10 journalists were murdered and several others threatened, kidnapped, tortured and arrested on trumped-up charges while discharging their professional responsibilities last year alone.

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