Bullet-riddled body of journalist found in Turbat

Published: May 19, 2012

Express News correspondent Razzaq Gul had been kidnapped on Friday evening. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

QUETTA: The bullet-riddled body of a journalist was found dumped in a deserted area near Turbat city in Kech district on Saturday morning. At least 17 journalists have been killed in Balochistan during the last three years.

Relatives of Express News correspondent Razzaq Gul said that he had been kidnapped from near his house on Friday evening and had been missing since then.

Gul’s body was found near Singani Sar area close to the Old Civil Hospital in Turbat. Law enforcement agencies shifted the body to a state-run hospital for an autopsy, where his brother identified him.

“The victim was shot in the head and chest, and his body bore marks of torture,” hospital sources said.

Gul had received 15 bullets to his head and chest, and had died instantly.

According to journalists in Turbat Press Club, Razzaq Gul had not mentioned that he was receiving death threats. He hadn’t even indicated that his life was in danger.

“He was kidnapped and later his body was dumped,” local journalists said.

Most journalists refused to comment on the killing owing to security reasons.

Acting Inspector General (IG) Police Balochistan Hussain Karar Khwaja has directed an inquiry into the murder.

Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and Council of All Balochistan Press Club strongly condemned the killing. BUJ also announced three day mourning.

“As many as 17 journalists have been killed during that past three years and not a single murder was properly investigated,” BUJ said in a statement. “This is meant to terrify journalists in Balochistan.”

Council of All Balochistan Press Club said that it will launch a protest campaign by June 1 if culprits behind the murder are not arrested immediately.

A complete shutter down strike is being observed in Tump, Mand, Hoshab and Turbat city to protest the killing of journalists.

Funeral prayers for Razzaq Gul will be held at 1pm today and his burial will take place in his hometown, Singhania Sar.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • bazeed khan
    May 19, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Agencies has rights to do so

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  • Zahid Baloch
    May 19, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @Bazeed Khan: Shame on you! And people ask that what is wrong with Baloch people. Balochistan is on the brink, and face the reality that your government will never succeed in altering Baloch nation’s emotions and the “anti-state psychology”.

    History will repeat, Insha’Allah.Recommend

  • Jaideep Gupta
    May 19, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Allah knows it only how long this atrocities continue .

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  • AFPAK
    May 19, 2012 - 3:52PM

    @bazeed khan:

    Rest in peace. Only God can save brave Baloch to oppose and expose tyranny.
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  • Rabzon
    May 19, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Killing journalists will solve nothing, it is a political issue and should be resolved politically.

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  • Romm
    May 19, 2012 - 6:25PM

    It should be condemned at all levels. our baloch brothers have sacrificed for this country. I wish there could be peace in this part of Pakistan…

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  • jeevan
    May 19, 2012 - 8:16PM

    this will always happen if you don’t expose bla terrorism, who are targeting civilians and policemen in balochistan province.

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  • May 19, 2012 - 8:21PM

    You report against State and Agencies kill you, you report against BLA-thugs+their like and they kill you – life of a Pakistani journalist in Balochistan!

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  • saeed
    May 19, 2012 - 9:57PM

    @Zahid search for the word sarcasm on Google my friend…

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  • Jhangvi
    May 20, 2012 - 2:35AM

    @Zahid Baloch:
    Bhai, please don’t say like this. We, Pakistanis love Baloch people. My best friend is a Baloch and I have the utmost respect for Baloch. FC and the agencies are slowly being exposed by the courts and insh’Allah the Baloch Qaum will lead Pakistan from darkness to light.

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  • KhyberKhan
    May 21, 2012 - 12:13PM

    No one’s spared, none left untainted when reason gives way to madness! We all should do what we can and simply abusive or dismissive when faced with such misfortune. The best course here would be, to look through the veil, to be apprehensive of the factors at play against us.

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