November 08, 2011
Asian Human Rights Commission, HK . "To-date 206 disappeared persons have been extrajudicially killed in Balochistan during the past 15 months"
Published on Tuesday 8 November 2011.
Reporters Without Borders is outraged at the murder of Javed Naseer Rind, former deputy editor of the newspaper Daily Tawar, which is close to nationalist and pro-independence groups in Balochistan. His body was found two days ago in the Khuzdar district, south of the Baloch capital Quetta, three months after he disappeared.
"We ask local and federal authorities to fully investigate get this crime, taking account of the fact that he was a journalist, and to bring the perpetrators to justice," the press freedom organization said.
"The continuing high levels of violence in the region and the impunity enjoyed by criminals such as those who target the press, threaten to transform Balochistan into a lawless area.
"We wish to reaffirm our support for Baloch media workers and we urge the profession as a whole to take action on behalf of journalists in the region.
"We also appeal to nationalist movements that regularly threaten and attack media organizations to stop targeting them immediately."
Rind’s body was found in Ghazgi Chowk in Khuzdar, 300 km south of Quetta in the southwest Pakistan. His bullet-riddled body showed signs of torture and had a message identifying him on it.
He was abducted on 10 September close to his home near Karachi. Rind was a member of the Baloch National Movement and had had stopped working as a journalist three months earlier. At the beginning of this month, the bodies of seven other Baloch activists were found in the region, which last year had the highest number of murders in the country.
The Khuzdar district continues to suffer clashes between security forces and armed Baloch groups.
The reporters Ejaz Raisini, Faiz Muhammad Sasoli and Abdul Hameed Hayatan were killed in the same district on 27 June, 3 September and 18 November last year respectively,
Muhammad Khan Sasoli, a correspondent for the television station Royal TV and the INP news agency, was gunned down on 14 December.
Munir Ahmed Shakir, a reporter for the news agency Online, was shot dead by indentified gunmen shortly after he covered a demonstration by Baloch nationalists .
The organization Baloch Armed Defence Army has publicly issued threats against any journalists covering the political activities and rallies of Baloch nationalist groups like it.
Pakistan is the world’s deadliest country for media workers. This year eight journalists have been killed in the course of their work. The country is classified 150th out of 178 in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for 2010.
Abducted Journalist Found Dead, Tortured in Balochistan
Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 11:07 am
Press Release: International Federation of Journalists
November 7, 2011
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly condemning the murder of Javed Naseer Rind, whose body was found on November 5 near Ghazi Chowk, in Khuzdar, in central Balochistan.
Rind, a senior sub-editor and columnist with the Urdu-language Daily Tawar, disappeared from his hometown Hub in southern Balochistan on September 9. His body was found with torture marks and multiple gunshot wounds. It is not yet clear whether his death relates to his work as a journalist.
The discovery of the body of Rind, who was also a member of the pro-independence Baloch National Movement (BNM), comes after seven other abducted Balochi nationalist activists’ bodies were found on November 3 and 4, according to local news reports.
The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), a PFUJ affiliate, made repeated calls for Rind’s release after his disappearance and are now calling on authorities to conduct a full investigation into his abduction and murder.
“Authorities must act swiftly to end this cycle of violence and impunity in what is statistically one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The IFJ supports calls for an immediate inquiry into the death of Javed Naseer Rind, and all other journalists abducted, tortured and killed in Balochistan.”
Balochistan was the most dangerous region of the most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2010. Of 97 journalists killed worldwide last year, 15 died in Pakistan. Of that number, six deaths were reported in Balochistan.
At least two other journalists have been killed in Balochistan this year. Ilyas Nazar, a journalist with the Baloch-language magazine Darwanth, was found dead in Pidarak, Balochistan on January 5. Like Rind, Nazar had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head, and his body bore signs of torture.
Online News Network correspondent Muneer Shakir was shot dead on August 14 as he headed home from Khuzdar’s press club.
The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries
Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific
Find the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific
Kidnapped Baloch journalist found dead
QUETTA – A missing journalist, Javed Naseer Rind, was found dead November 5 near Ghazgi Chowk in Khuzdar, media reported.
Unknown abductors seized him September 10 in the Mehmoodabad area, Hub Town, September 10. Rind was senior sub-editor at a local pro-Baloch nationalist newspaper, Tawar.
Rind’s body had a bullet wound to the head and multiple torture marks, media added.
In Pakistan, missing journalist found dead
New York, November 7, 2011--The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday morning in Khuzdar, 186 miles (300 kilometers) south of the city of Quetta, local and international news reports said. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his body showed multiple signs of torture, the local media reported.
On September 11, Rind, an editor and columnist with the Urdu-language daily Daily Tawar, was kidnapped in his hometown of Hub in southern Baluchistan province. The Daily Tawar is known for its regular coverage of the abuses stemming from the region's many conflicts between rival groups and the government. Rind was also an active member of the separatist Baluch National Movement, news reports said.
The Baluchistan Union of Journalists condemned Rind's kidnapping and murder and demanded that the government put together a high-level committee to probe the incident. "On several occasions, journalists demanded Rind's safe release but it fell on deaf ears," the organization said in a press release. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing.
"Rind's brutal death is another indicator of the extreme danger journalists face from all parties in the province's unrest," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. "CPJ joins with the Baluchistan Union of Journalists in condemning the kidnapping and murder of Javed Naseer Rind and calls for his journalism to be investigated as a motive for his murder."
The discovery of Rind's body marks the seventh death of a Pakistani journalist in 2011, putting the country on pace to rank as the world's deadliest place for journalists for the second consecutive year, CPJ research showed.