Veteran journalist murdered…

ISLAMABAD: A veteran journalist of a national news agency Muhammad Ismail was killed under mysterious circumstances and his body was found from the green belt of F-6/1, some 30 feet away from Shahid-e-Millat Road, here Wednesday morning, police sources said.

The preliminary medical report has confirmed it was a target killing as rope marks were found on his both wrists. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Durrani condemning the episode said a climate of insecurity has been created as a sequel to the incident. He assured that elements involved in this heinous crime will be brought to book soon.

SSP Islamabad Sikandar Hayat, ruling out the aspect of kidnapping of the journalist before killing, said he was murdered on the spot as bloodspots were found on the scene. The police are investigating the case from different angles, SP (Investigation) Ashfaq Ahmad Khan said, claiming they would soon make headway to the criminals.

Malik Muhammad Ismail, editor, Pakistan Press International, (PPI) Islamabad, was living in a room adjacent to his office in Super Market, said the family sources, adding Tuesday late night he (Ismail) left his room for a walk.

Dr Waseem Khawaja, medico-legal officer of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences told ‘The News’ that post-mortem report shows that head injury was the cause of Ismail death. He said rope marks were visible on his both wrists.

“This is a target killing and not an accident as he was hit by blunt weapon like hammer only on the head,” Dr Khawaja said. The police have detained a 19-year-old suspect Muhammad Shafiq, younger brother of Muhammad Naseer, the owner of ‘kabaar khana’.

Shafiq informed Rescue-15 at 09.08 a.m., approximately seven hours after his killing, that a dead body was lying in front of his tent, he added. “Naseer is said to be out of town to spend Eid holidays but his involvement in the murder can not be ruled out” the officer said.

By Shakeel Anjum

Via The News.

Very, very unfortunate incident!

2 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    Inna lilah e wa inna alyhe rajeyoon

    May Allah bless his soul … sheer brutality …!

  2. Phil (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 5:12 am

    This is a sad news… Rest in peace.

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