Kidnapped journalist accuses Pakistani secret service agents

first_img News Mohammad Rafique Baloch, the vice-president of the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), was kidnapped yesterday in south Karachi and held for several hours. He was on his way to Karachi’s high court to defend pay and working conditions of journalists in Sindh province at a hearing initiated by the KUJ when the incident took place. It is quite clear that the aim of the attackers was to prevent him from attending the hearing.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to carry out an exhaustive investigation and arrest those guilty of this kidnapping as soon as possible.If the secret services are indeed behind this incident, as Baloch believes, the Pakistani government should, without fail, provide an explanation for this unacceptable behaviour aimed at preventing journalists from defending their rights.“I think the secret services are behind my brief disappearance,” Baloch told Reporters Without Borders. “They kept me blindfolded for four hours.” He said he suspected that one of his abductors was a secret service agent who had been ordered to keep him away from the trial to avoid trouble.Pakistan is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. Thirteen have lost their lives there in the past 13 months. June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murdercenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific January 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News April 21, 2021 Find out more News to go further Help by sharing this information March 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnapped journalist accuses Pakistani secret service agents last_img

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