The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has announced plans to conduct nationwide protests in response to the unresolved murder of senior journalist Jan Mohammad Mahar.
The union’s Sindh Action Committee has spearheaded the call for these demonstrations, demanding the arrest of those responsible for Mahar’s killing. The movement reflects the growing concern and urgency within the journalistic community for justice and accountability.
PFUJ President Afzal Butt outlined the strategy for these protests, stating that journalist unions across Pakistan will organize rallies and display black flags at press clubs to symbolize their grief and protest.
The central rally, planned to be the largest, will take place in Karachi, with participation from journalist unions and civil society leaders from Sindh. The rally is scheduled to begin at the Karachi Press Club at 3:00 pm and will culminate in a sit-in outside the Sindh Chief Minister’s House.
The call for these protests comes in the wake of the murder of senior journalist and Kawish Television Network (KTN) Sukkur bureau chief Jan Mohammad Mahar. Unidentified assailants tragically killed Mahar on a motorcycle on August 13.
The attack occurred as Mahar was leaving his office in Sukkur, where he was shot inside his vehicle. The failure to arrest the perpetrators of this heinous crime has ignited widespread outrage among journalists and civil society, prompting the PFUJ’s call for nationwide action.