Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Faisal Qureshi
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Faisal Qureshi, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a9f28.html [accessed 11 July 2014]|
October 7, 2011, in Lahore, Pakistan
The body of Qureshi, 28, an editor for the political news website The London Post, was discovered at about 2 a.m. by his brother, Zahid, after family members found bloodstains outside the journalist's house, the Pakistani daily The Express Tribune reported. Police reports described Qureshi's body as showing signs of torture, with his throat slit, The Express Tribune said.
Another brother, Shahid, who lives in London, told CPJ that the killers had taken the journalist's laptop and telephone. Shahid Qureshi, who also wrote for The London Post website, told CPJ that he and his brother had received death threats from men who claimed they were from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party, or MQM. The London Post had run a series of stories on MQM leader Altan Hussain, describing his alleged flight to South Africa from England, where he was living in self-imposed exile.
The website was widely recognized as anti-MQM. MQM is Pakistan's third-largest political party, and is considered the country's largest secular political party, with Karachi and the Sindh region as its power base.
|Job:||Editor, Internet Reporter|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|