Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Abdul Qadir Hajizai
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Abdul Qadir Hajizai, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0c7c.html [accessed 18 June 2013]|
May 28, 2012, in Quetta, Pakistan
Armed men shot Hajizai, a headmaster of a middle school who also worked at WASH TV, a private Baluchi-language TV channel, according to news reports. The journalist died at a local hospital, the reports said.
Hajizai was killed in the Basima area of Washik District, home of the Shamsi Air Field that was used by the United States as a base for surveillance and drone operations against militants in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Two days after Hajizai's death, the Baluch Liberation Front (BLF), a separatist national armed group, claimed responsibility for his killing and called him a government informant. The journalist's colleagues said they had been unaware of any threats made against him.
The Baluchistan Union of Journalists issued a statement in protest of the killing and appealed to the Supreme Court and the Baluchistan High Court to address the rising level of threats to journalists.
|Beats Covered:||Politics, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|