CPNE demands immediate arrest of journalist’s killers

President says murder in broad daylight outside press club exposes govt’s tall security claims

Our Correspondent January 25, 2022
Hasnain Shah was crime reporter in a private TV channel and also a member of Lahore Press Club. PHOTO: EXPRESS


The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has strongly condemned the murder of journalist Hasnain Shah and demanded of the authorities to immediately arrest and punish his killers.

According to a statement issued by the CPNE, Hasnain was shot by unidentified assailants on a motorcycle while sitting in his car outside the Lahore Press Club. He died on the spot.

Soon after the incident, journalist bodies condemned the murder.

The police said they would use all resources to apprehend Hasnain’s killers.

In the statement, CPNE President Kazim Khan, Secretary General Amir Mehmood and other office-bearers condemned the incident.

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Khan said that the murder of a local TV channel’s crime reporter in broad daylight outside the Lahore Press Club is a very sad incident.

Secretary General Mehmood pointed out that the murder and the escape of the culprits from the crime scene calls into question the performance of government and its claims of providing protection to the lives and property of journalists.

The CPNE president said that it is becoming difficult for journalists to perform their professional duties due to the increasing difficulties faced by them in the country.

Mehmood demanded that the killers be arrested as soon as possible, following exemplary punishment for this crime.

The CPNE expressed condolences with the family of the slain journalist and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace and grant patience to his family.


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