Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Unconfirmed: Nawaz Zulfiqar Memon
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2000|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Unconfirmed: Nawaz Zulfiqar Memon, January 2000, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649543c.html [accessed 28 March 2015]|
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December 3, 1999, in Islamabad, Pakistan
Memon, Thatta-based correspondent for the national English-language daily The Nation, was detained and severely tortured by law enforcement agents at the Islamabad airport. Memon had gone to Islamabad to inform Pakistan's Chief Executive Gen. Pervez Musharraf of a crime he had witnessed in Thatta. (Local police were apparently unwilling to pursue the case) Memon was released three days later after his father intervened and brought him back to Thatta.
Memon died on December 16, apparently of injuries from his prolonged torture. Local journalists and members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a well-respected nongovernmental organization, investigated the case and told CPJ that the tragedy was unrelated to Memon's journalistic work.