Pakistan - Slain tribal area journalist's widow murdered



    MONTREAL, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is shocked by
the murder of the widow of Hayatullah Khan, a journalist slain last year. She
was killed in the early hours of today by a bomb planted next to her bedroom
outside her home in Mir Ali, in the Tribal Area of North Waziristan.
    Her five children, aged 2 to 10, who were sleeping in an adjoining
bedroom, were not injured by the blast. A school teacher, Khan's widow had
been active in protesting against his abduction and murder six months later.
    "We call on the authorities in Islamabad and in the Tribal Areas to
investigate this barbarous killing," Reporters Without Borders said. "For the
time being, it is not easy to know the motives for the bombing, which has
bereaved this family for the second time. Hayatullah Khan's murderers, whom
the authorities never tried to identify, may have felt the need to eliminate
an irritating witness."
    The slain journalist's brother, Ehsanullah Khan, confirmed his
sister-in-law's death to Reporters Without Borders. "She was sleeping on the
floor in her bedroom while her five children were in another bedroom," he
said. "The bomb exploded at the foot of the wall of her bedroom."
    He accused those who killed his brother of being behind his
sister-in-law's death. In the past, he has accused Pakistani military
intelligence of being involved in his brother's abduction, something the
government always denied. But the authorities never published the findings of
a Peshawar judge's investigation.
    Ehsanullah Khan said his sister-in-law had received threats, which he had
reported to former information minister Muhammad Ali Durani. But the
authorities never took any measures to protect her.
    Hayatullah Khan's bullet-riddled body was found six months after he was
kidnapped in December 2005. Employed by the European Press Photo Agency (EPA)
and several Pakistani media, he had - shortly before his abduction - proved
that an Al-Qaeda chief had been killed in the Tribal Areas by a US missile.




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For further information: Emily Jacquard, Directrice générale, Reporters
Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514) 521-7771,
rsfcanada@rsf.org

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