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Journalist’s house blown up

The house of Jawed Noor, senior correspondent of daily “Mashriq” and the president of Wanna Press Club was blown up with explosive device placed by some unknown miscreants in the midnight of Thursday, October 20, 2011, at Wanna, the headquarter of South Waziristan Agency of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

Noor told PPF that some miscreants blow up his house by placing a bag of explosive device outside. He was in Peshawar at the time of attack. His family members awakened when they heard a big sound of blast, all members are safe, however the walls and window panes of the house were damaged, he said.

He told that he had received death threats on phone calls few days ago, but he didn’t take any notice of it. Noor said, there are many militant groups in FATA, and they don’t want journalists to publish the truth or any news against them.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) and other journalists condemned the attack and demanded of the government to provide full protection to the journalists.

Condemning the incident, the present of TUJ, Safdar Hayaat Dawar said FATA journalists are becoming the easy prey for militants as they have been attacked by them for long time but we will never stay silent now. We will stage country wide protest if the attacks on journalists would not be stopped.
Source: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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