Paki Journalist Covering Taliban "Peace March" Shot Dead
The country of Pakistan is in shock after a journalist was shot dead at a Taliban peace march.
Musa Khankhel had been shot three times and his killers had attempted to cut off his head.
Supporters of Muslim cleric Maulana Sufi Mohammad peace march on the street of in Mingora, outskirts of Swat valley February 18, 2009. A radical Muslim cleric who led a struggle for Islamic law in Pakistan’s troubled Swat valley began a “peace march” on Wednesday to persuade the Taliban to stop fighting, two days after reaching an accord with the government. (REUTERS/Abdul Rehman)
A TV and print media journalist was found dead on Wednesday hours after he was abducted in Swat causing a serious setback to peace efforts, local journalists said.
Musa Khankhel, correspondent for Rawalpindi-based The News daily and a private TV channel, Geo News, was covering a ‘peace march’ led by Sufi in Matta when he was taken away and later found dead, the Mingora-based journalists told Daily Times by phone.
Inquiry: No group has so far claimed responsibility for the murder. The federal government has ordered an inquiry into the killing.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) called for a countrywide protest on Thursday (today) demanding the immediate arrest of the journalist’s killers.
The Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) and the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) condemned Musa’s killing and demanded the government immediately constitute an inquiry tribunal and arrest the perpetrators. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed shock and grief over the murder of Musa Khankhel, APP reported. The president and the prime minister ordered an immediate inquiry into the murder.
Who ever would have guessed this would happen?
Tom W. adds:
Trying to make peace with the Taliban is like trying to make peace with Travis the chimp.