Anwar Jan Katran, a social media activist and citizen journalist in Balochistan’s Barkhan district, was killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen

Pukhtun Nama Desk News

Anwar Jan Katran, a social media activist and citizen journalist in Balochistan’s Barkhan district, was killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen, but no case has been registered against him so far. His assassination has been strongly condemned on social media.

dead body of Anwar Jan Katran, a social media activist and citizen journalist

Anwar Jan Ketran was also a member of the Barakhan District Peace Committee, but on social media he would raise issues in his area and, according to his friends, speak to the youth against the tribal chiefdom system.

According to Gul Mohammad Khilji, deputy commissioner of Barkhan, the incident took place in Nahrkot village of Barkhan on Thursday. An investigation is underway but no FIR has been registered against anyone so far.

“So far Anwar Jan’s family members or relatives have not applied to the administration for an FIR, but an investigation is underway. Levies Askar will provide information on the cause of the incident after the investigation,” he said.

Anwar Murre was shot dead by gunmen on a motorcycle, said Yusuf Murre, a friend of the slain journalist. He said his friend was buried on Friday, adding that thousands of people attended his funeral.

“People’s eyes were filled with tears because he was a beacon and guide for the younger generation and fought for the people of his area and the poor.”

The Balochistan Journalists Union (BJU) has strongly condemned the killing of Anwar Jan and demanded that a case be registered against the killers. Rashid Baloch, general secretary of the Balochistan Journalists’ Union, told that no justice had been done to the families of any of the slain journalists in Balochistan.

“We urge the Balochistan government to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice. In Balochistan, where so many journalists have been killed so far, the government has not taken any action against the killers.”

The previous and current governments of Balochistan have promised justice and financial assistance to the families of the slain journalists in the province, but the journalists’ union says these governments have not yet fulfilled their promises.

Balochistan is a dangerous state for journalists and civil society activists, according to the Freedom Network, an organization working for the rights of journalists.

Many politicians, journalists and human rights activists have condemned the assassination of Anwar Jan Ketran on social media. Hamid Mir, a well-known Pakistani journalist, wrote on his Twitter page that journalists cannot be silenced by bullets and abuse:

“Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal has asked why the killers of journalist Anwar Ketran have not been arrested yet.”

Rashid Baloch, general secretary of the Balochistan Journalists’ Union, said 44 journalists had been killed in bomb blasts, targeted attacks and other incidents in Balochistan in the past 15 years, with 26 of them being targeted for their work.