In Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Christian journalist, Qais Javed, on the doorstep of his house. He was running his own web TV channel.
Yasir Yaqub, a family member of the slain Qais Javed, said that when he arrived home at around 8pm last night, a man came from behind and he had not yet got off his motorcycle when he was shot “they took him to the hospital but He lose his life on the way”. He added.
Abdul Ghafar, head of the Dera Ismail Khan Kent Police Station, said the case of Qais Javed’s murder had been registered against unknown individuals.
Local journalist Saeedullah Marwat, who works for a private television station, said Qais Javed had worked with him as a cameraman for nearly a decade and described him as an accomplished worker.
He said Qais Javed wanted to come in front of the camera on his own and thats why he turn on WebTV “Ihid Nama”.
Iqbal Khattak, head of the Pakistan branch of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), said the killing of Qais Javed was a matter of concern.
He point out that At the state level, there is a difference between good and bad journalists and the result came in the form of Qais Javed.
He said that journalists in Pakistan were under a lot of pressure, they were being threatened all the time and they were doing journalism in difficult situations and if anyone raised serious questions, so he would face difficult situations.
Organizations for Freedom of the press inside and outside Pakistan says the media and journalists are facing more restrictions than ever during the PTI’s rule.Not only has freedom of expression been trampled underfoot, but many journalists have lost their jobs as a result.
But during a visit to the United States last year, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that the Pakistani press had more freedom than the West.