Tuesday, 17 January 2012

DW: Pakistan, Mukarram Khan Aatif , 1 killed

Unknown gunmen killed Pakistani journalist Mukarram Khan Aatif on 17 January 2012 in a mosque near Peshawar.

Aatif, who had worked as a journalist for different media outlets for over 15 years, was a correspondent for Voice of America’s Pashto-language Deewa Radio and the Urdu-language television channel Dunya TV at the time of his death. Aatif had recently moved from his hometown in Mohmand to Charsadda as a consequence of threats that he reportedly received from Taliban militants.

The spokesperson of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) outfit, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for Aatif’s murder. “We have been warning him to stop his propaganda against us in the foreign media. He did not include our version in his stories,” Ehsan said in telephone calls to Peshawar-based journalists, according to reports by The Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper affiliated with The International Herald Tribune.

Ehsan reportedly also warned that TTP had compiled a hit-list that includes numerous other journalists.