Pakistan’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi told the Senate on Friday that 42 journalists have been killed in the country in the last four years.
According to the data of the Ministry of Information, 15 of the journalists belonged to Punjab, 11 to Sindh, 13 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and three to Balochistan. Journalists were either shot or killed by terrorists.
Statistics show that seven accused were arrested in Punjab, of which two are currently out on bail. Out of the seven arrested, five are on trial while eight accused are absconding. One accused has been released by the court.
Four suspects have been arrested in Sindh while seven are facing cases.
In KP, two accused were acquitted, four are facing trial and one accused is absconding. Two accused are absconding in Balochistan, one is facing trial, one accused is facing punishment and the other is facing investigation.
Speaking in the Senate, Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami said that the federal and provincial governments have failed to protect journalists. He said that if the culprits had been caught, “Arshad Sharif would not have been martyred”, Dawn newspaper reported.
Abbasi responded to Ahmad, saying it was a “critical situation” and the government should take immediate action against the culprits and provide special protection to journalists.
He directed Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior and Information to prepare a comprehensive report on the matter and present it in the House within two months.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Awami Party Senator Danish Kumar pointed out that more than ten journalists were killed in the province instead of the three shown in the documents, Dawn newspaper reported.
In his reply, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the report was prepared after consultation with all the concerned constituencies and if anyone has given wrong data “he should be held accountable as it is a sensitive matter”.
Recently, the media reported that gender pay gap, gender bias and unfair treatment of female employees are issues in Pakistan and the plight of women journalists in the South Asian country is no secret to the world. Is.
Pakistan has consistently ranked low in indices ranking freedom of expression, even online spaces are no different. Women in particular face harassment and abuse. Due to the strict patriarchal social norms in Pakistan, women journalists are more vulnerable to violence and intimidation. (ANI)