Journalists’ bodies throughout Pakistan called upon the International Committee of Journalists (ICJ) on Saturday to raise a voice in the United Nations for the protection of Pakistani media representatives, as the government has failed to ensure their security.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) organised a protest at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Saturday against the attack on Express News anchor Raza Rumi a day earlier.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car of Rumi in Lahore, injuring him and murdering his driver. The attack took place just a few hundred yards away from the Express News office in Raja Market, which Rumi had just left after hosting his programme ‘Khabar Se Agay’.
Condemning the incident, PFUJ General Secretary Amin Yousuf demanded the government arrest the culprits immediately.
KUJ President GM Jamali said, “Our helpless rulers should know that we can’t abandon our profession and we will continue to play our role in strengthening democracy.”
Addressing the protesters, KUJ General Secretary Hassan Abbas said the Express Media Group had been attacked by four times, but the government did not take any precautionary steps to curb the violence against the group.