Peshawar: Two journalists were killed in Khyber-Pakhtunhkhwa province during last four days.According to the monitoring of the Rural Media Network Pakistan(RMNP), a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of Peshawar killed journalist Mehboob Shah Afridi, 33, of Aaj TV at the Jamrud Check Point, in Khyber Agency, on Tuesday, January 19. The attack also resulted in the deaths of at least a dozen others at the scene. Meanwhile on Saturday, January 16, unidentified gunmen shot dead journalist Muhammad Umar at grid road near Niazi Chowk, Dera Ismail Khan, a city also in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Umar sustained critical injuries and died on arrival at the District Headquarters Hospital. Umar was crimes reporter of daily newspaper, “Dera News”He was 26 years old.Slain journalist left behind a widow and three kids.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is a part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border and has been a militant stronghold in the past. Afridi was the president of local Khyber Union of Journalists and former general secretary of the Tribal Union of Journalists. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Fazlullah group claimed responsibility for the attack.
President RMNP Ehsan Ahmed Sehar has condemned the killings of Mehboob Shah Afridi and Muhammad Umar and the other innocent lives lost in the Peshawar suicide attacks and demanded immediate arrest of killers.He also demanded both federal and KP governments to take necessary measures for the protection of journalists