LAHORE: Asad Kharal, who was brutally attacked on Sunday 6th of June outside the airport, has revealed that he was targeted for carrying sensitive information about gigantic corruption and Model Town incident that he wanted to provide to NAB and SCP.
As per the instructions of Punjab Government, a JIT has been formed comprised of officials from ISI, MI, and CTD, in order to investigate the matter.
A relevant piece published earlier: President Rana M. Azeem and Secretary General GM Jamali on behalf of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have strongly condemned the brutal attack on senior journalist Asad Kharal, presently working as Bol TV anchor, here and demanded authorities to arrest the culprits immediately. According to reports Asad Kharal’s vehicle was intercepted when he came out of Lahore airport by identified masked miscreants who attacked him and left him severely injured. Kharal was later taken to Services Hospital for treatment. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while taking suo motu notice of the incident, ordered the ICP to submit a report regarding the attack within 24 hours. President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Rana M. Azeem and Secretary General PFUJ GM Jamali in their joint statement reminded that such incidences were commonplace in Pakistan where journalists faced tremendous difficulties in discharging their duties.
Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row
MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.
Journalist murdered in Mexico, ninth of 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico: Gunmen shot and killed a Mexican journalist as he left his home in the southern state of Chiapas, his newspaper said Saturday, at least the ninth reporter murdered in the country this year.
Mario Gomez, a reporter with El Heraldo de Chiapas, is the latest victim in a wave of violence against the press in Mexico, the second-deadliest country in the world for journalists after war-torn Syria, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
“He had recently filed a complaint because he was receiving threats,” a colleague at the paper told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The newspaper said Gomez, a general news correspondent in the town of Yajalon, was leaving for work when two unidentified men arrived and “murdered him in cold blood” with a series of shots to the abdomen.
Gomez, 35, was taken to the hospital but died of his wounds, it said.
“We call for an exhaustive investigation to find those responsible for this crime,” his colleagues wrote in an editorial published on the newspaper’s website.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement it would “follow all lines of investigation to shed light on this reprehensible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”
Pakistan condemns terror attack on military parade in Iran
ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on military parade in Ahvaz province of Iran in which several lives were reportedly lost.
“Our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this heinous attack. Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.