Pakistan Media Mapping – February 2014
Feb 04: Two-member ministerial committee constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a day after killing of three media assistants working with Express News channel in Karachi on January 17 met with representatives of media owners, working journalists and civil society with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair in Islamabad. Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed also attended the meeting discussing ways and means to improve security of media houses and working journalists.
Feb 06: Reporter Zaib Mansoor returned home in Dargai town in Malakand region of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after what his colleagues said military intelligence personnel had taken him away on October 14, 2013. The journalist thanked his colleagues and Freedom Network [FN] for taking up his enforced disappearance.
Feb 14: Ijaz Mengal, brother of under-threat journalist Riaz Mengal, was shot dead on Karachi-Quetta highway by two motorcyclists. Baloch National Army claimed responsibility for the attack saying the deceased was “spying” for the government. Ijaz was working as part-time journalist besides a government school teacher.
Feb 15: An anti-terrorism court in Shikarpur district of Sindh province reserves judgment in murder case of report Wali Khan Babar, who shot dead on January 13, 2011, while on his way home in Karachi. The verdict will be announced on March 1st.
Feb 15: National media reported that British-Pakistani Omar Sheikh convicted on charge of killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl attempted to commit suicide in a prison in Hyderabad district of Sindh province.
Feb 17: Attack on media houses continue in Karachi with hand-grenade attack on Aaj News office left its guard and driver injured.
Feb 17: A hand-grenade failed to go off after it was thrown at on Waqt News channel’s office in Karachi where the same day Aaj News office also came under similar attack.
Feb 17: Two unidentified masked men opened fire on Daily Times columnist Dr Saulat Nagi at his residence in Model Town, Gujranwala district of Punjab province on Monday night (17 February 2014). “I have no enmity with anyone and the attack may relate to my writings,” the columnist said after the attack.