Journalist Shaheena Murder: Turbat Police arrest co-accused

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Journalist Shaheena Murder: Turbat Police arrest co-accused

Tariq Masood Baloch :

Turbat Police claimed to have arrested a co-accused involved in the murder of a female journalist Shaheena Shaheen on Tuesday. Armed men opened fire and killed Shaheena Shaheen a female journalist and a TV host in the Turbat city of Balochistan province on September 5, 2020.

Family members of the female journalist had nominated her husband Nawabzada Mehrab Gichki in the murder of Shaheena Shaheen. Samad Saeed, a co-accused also nominated in the murder case.

The accused Samad Saeed had obtained bail before arrest from the court. On Tuesday, Mr. Saeed appeared before the court for confirmation of the bail. However, the district and session judge Mr. Rafiq Langove rejected the bail application and ordered police to arrest the accused.

“Police shifted the accused for interrogation”, Muhammad Aslam, a police official told Quetta Voice via telephone.

The murder of a woman journalist from Balochistan had sparked protests across the province and country. The cold-blooded murder of a female journalist caused an outrage on social media also. The Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani had also condemned the murder of journalist and directed police to arrest the culprits involved in the murder.

Police are yet to arrest the husband of the female journalist in Turbat.

Freedom Network condemns the killing 

Freedom Network, a non-governmental organization had expressed grief and sorrows over the killing of Shaheena Shaheen. “FN demands immediate arrest of culprits behind the murder”, it said in a statement issued soon after the incident. The FN has also demanded an end to impunity.

Incidents of violence against women have increased this year as compared to the year 2019. Aurat Foundation, a non-governmental organization Balochistan chief Allauddin Khliji says “domestic violence has increased this year”.

Last year, 118 incidents of violence against women were reported from Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. “Impunity is the underlying factor behind violence against women”, Mr. Khilji stated.

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