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Two Pakistani journalists, a media worker shot dead in Balochistan

Two journalists and an accountant were shot dead, when unidentified assailants attacked the offices of the Online International News Network on August 28, 2014 in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Those killed included Irshad Mustoi, Bureau Chief, Abdul Rasool Khajjak, reporter, and Muhammad Younas, accountant. They were working in their office when armed men barged in at about 7:45 and opened fire before leaving the crime scene.

So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Khajjak and Younas died instantly while Mustoi was critically injured and died on the way to the hospital. The bodies were shifted to the hospital and the initial examination showed that they suffered fatal bullet wounds in the chest and head.

Mustoi, 35-year-old, was also working as Assignment Editor for the ARY News television channel. He was also General Secretary of the Balochistan Union of Journalist (BUJ). The deceased left behind a widow, two daughters and a one year-old son.

Khajjak was a final year student in Mass Communication at Balochistan University. He had completed a three-month internship at the news agency and was working as a reporter.

Younas had been serving as an accountant in the news agency for a number of years.

The President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and other journalist unions across the country have condemned the murders and called for the immediate arrest of the killers. PFUJ has announced the observation of a 'black day' on August 29. The Quetta Press Club (QPC) also announced three days of mourning.

What other IFEX members are saying
  • Three shot dead at Pakistan's Online International News Network

    CPJ research shows that local journalists in Baluchistan face pressure from a number of sources: pro-Taliban groups and Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies, as well as separatists and state-sponsored anti-separatist militant groups. At least six other journalists have been murdered in Baluchistan in direct relation to their work in the past decade, according to CPJ data.

  • Bureau chief and two media staff shot dead in Balochistan

    The IFJ said: "The murder of journalists and a media worker in their office is a brutal and outright attack on media that is aimed to send a wider message to journalists and their unions. This incident proves just how difficult it is for journalists in Pakistan to perform their duties when their lives are so clearly at risk by a myriad of forces attempting to silence them."

  • Two news agency journalists shot dead in Quetta

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