ISLAMABAD / NEW YORK: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday strongly condemned the killing of journalist Murtaza Razvi and directed the concerned authorities to submit an inquiry report.
Razvi, who was senior assistant editor at Daily Dawn and head of its magazines section, was found in the first-floor apartment of Faran Homes, located on 10th Commercial Street in Karachi, on Thursday.
In a condolence message to the family, Zardari expressed shock and grief over the killing, and prayed for Razvi.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent watchdog body, has also urged the authorities to investigate the killing of Razvi and apprehend those responsible for the crime.
“We offer our deep condolences to the family and colleagues of Murtaza Razvi,” Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator, said in a statement.
The journalist was reported missing on Thursday morning by his wife since he had not come home on Wednesday night.
Police said that Razvi was most probably murdered early morning on Thursday, but did not say why he was murdered, ruling out sectarian motivation. The family said that he did not have any personal enmities.
Razvi leaves behind a widow and three daughters.