Journalist Hayatullah Khans widow murdered

November 19th, 2007 - 5:01 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): The widow of Journalist Hayatullah Khan, killed last year, died on Saturday morning by a bomb planted next to her bedroom outside her home in Mir Ali, in the tribal Area of North Waziristan.

Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) has expressed its shock over the murder.

She was killed on Saturday morning by a bomb planted next to her bedroom outside her home in Mir Ali, in the Tribal Area of North Waziristan.

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 Khans murderers, whom the authorities never tried to identify, may have felt the need to eliminate an irritating witness, it added

Confirming his sister-in-laws murder, Ehsanullah Khan, said: She was sleeping on the floor in her bedroom while her five children were in another bedroom. The bomb exploded at the foot of the wall of her bedroom.

In the past, he had accused Pakistani military intelligence of being involved in his brothers abduction, something the government always denied. But the authorities never published the findings of a Peshawar judges investigation.

Ehsanullah Khan said his sister-in-law had received threats, which they brought to the notice of former Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durani. But the authorities never took any measures to protect her.

Hayatullah Khans 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 organisation, he had - shortly before his abduction - proved that an al-Qaeda chief had been killed in the tribal areas by a US missile. (ANI)

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