Slain female journalist Shaheena’s husband booked in murder case

Shaheena Shaheen

              Information minister condemns murder of journalist Shaheena Shaheen

Turbat: Police have registered a murder case of  Shaheena Shaheen,talk show host at state-owned Pakistan Television Bolan  and editor of local Balochi magazine Dazghar against her husband Nawabzada Mehrab Khan Gichki on the report of slain’ maternal uncle Amjad Raheem According to police sources female journalist Shaheena Shaeen had a court marriage six months ago with Nawabzada Mehrab Gichki and living with him.

Superintendent of Police Kech Najeebullah Pandrani informed that ,the TV anchor’s husband,Mehrab Gichki allegedly fired at her with 9MM pistol on Saturday.This incident occurred at the residence of the accused ‘s uncle  Akbar Gichki’s official house in PTCL colony Turbat.He was said  to have later brought Shaheena  in critical condition to hospital, where she was declared dead. The police are conducting raids to arrest Mehrab Gichki.

Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani termed the incident “extremely unfortunate” and said that the police were fully cooperating with the deceased’s family. “I had a conversation with the DPO Kech. He told me that some people had left her body at the hospital,” Shahwani said, adding that her uncle had received the body.

Information minister Senator Shibli Faraz on Sunday condemned the murder of journalist Shaheena Shaheen Baloch while stressing that the government believes in freedom of expression.

“The tragic incident of the murder of journalist Shaheena Shaheen is very sad and reprehensible and the incident will be fully investigated,” tweeted the minister.

The minister said that the protection of journalists is the responsibility of the government and it would fulfil its duty.

He added that the government “stands with the affected family and those responsible will be brought to justice”.

Meanwhile, President Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) Ehsan Ahmed Sehar has condemned the murder of female journalist Shaheena Shaheen. In a statement, he demanded of provincial government for the immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the female journalist’s murder. He also demanded of the constitution of a judicial commission to probe into this murder case.

Pakistan is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Rights group Reporters Without Borders ranked Pakistan 145th out of 180 countries in its 2020 World Press Freedom Index.

Since 1992, at least 61 Pakistani journalists have been killed in connection with their work, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In November, another man was accused of killing his journalist wife, Arooj Iqbal, in the Punjab province capital city of Lahore.

Pakistan fares badly on global gender indices. In 2019, it ranked 164 out of 167 countries on the Women, Peace and Security Index, only above Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Source: RMNP

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