Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mukarram Khan Aatif
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mukarram Khan Aatif, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0ac28.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
January 17, 2012, in Shabqadar, Pakistan
Two gunmen killed broadcast reporter Aatif outside a mosque in Shabqadar, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Peshawar, according to news reports. A correspondent for the private TV station Dunya News, Aatif also worked for Deewa Radio, a Pashto-language service of the U.S. government-funded Voice of America.
The assailants struck as Aatif was leaving a mosque near his home after evening prayers. He was shot several times, and his attackers fled on motorcycles, police told reporters. Aatif suffered head wounds and died of his injuries at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. An imam at the mosque was also injured in the attack, according to news reports.
Taliban spokesmen spoke to several news outlets, taking responsibility for the killing. Ihsanullah Ihsan told The Associated Press that Aatif had been warned "a number of times to stop anti-Taliban reporting, but he didn't do so. He finally met his fate."
Mukarram Khurasani, a Taliban spokesman in the Mohmand District of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, issued a broader threat in comments made to Bloomberg News: "Our announcement from today is that all reporters of Voice of America are our targets and should resign. Otherwise we will kill them."
After facing repeated threats from militant groups, Aatif had relocated with his family from Mohmand, colleagues told reporters. Several months earlier, in response to the threats, the journalist had moved to Shabqadar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
|Beats Covered:||Crime, Human Rights, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Military Officials, Political Group|