Day: December 17, 2011
QUETTA: Chief medical officer of Gwadar Dr Naseem Baloch was shot dead by unknown assailants in Pasni, Balochistan, on Friday night.
According to an official in Pasni, Dr Naseem, CMO of the the district headquarters hospital in Gwadar was at his clinic in Pasni bazaar when two armed men barged into the clinic and opened fire on him, killing him instantly.
The attackers managed to escape on a motor bike after the committing the crime. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Pasni for autopsy.
According to doctors, the victim had received five bullet wounds causing death.
The Pakistan Medical Association, Gwadar chapter announced that all government and private hospitals will remain closed on Saturday to protest against the killing. They demanded the government and law enforcing agencies to bring culprits to book.
The South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) has called on the government of Pakistan to constitute a committee to investigate the killings of journalists in Balochistan.
“Government institutions and armed groups need to realise the role of media and must not pressurise reporters,” Imtiaz Alam, Safma’s general secretary, said on Friday.
Safma had organised a conference, titled “Attacks on journalists and media freedom”, at the Quetta Press Club. The conference adopted resolutions demanding proper training for journalists in Balochistan, a specific fund in Balochistan’s annual budget to enhance the capability of journalists, and establishment of press clubs in each district.
At the conference, journalists shared the difficulties they face in a province where as many as 20 journalists have so far been killed and none of the killings has been properly investigated.