Islamabad; July 17:- The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed concern over current wave of violence and target killing of several journalists, professionals, intellectuals and moderate politicians including Baloch leader Habib Jalib Baloch.
In fact the country needs moderate politicians in Baluchistan so that the voice of peace-loving people is raised and those who are spreading hatred and indulging in violence could be discouraged.
It is unfortunate that popular politicians, journalists, professional are being eliminated and removed from the scene by the armed groups. Now the time has come that peace lovers should unite for their survival.
The PFUJ believes that dialogue is the only option whereas armed people cannot archive their aims because fate of the oppressed people of Baluchistan can only be decided by adopting the path of peace and tranquility.
PFUJ eulogizes the services of noted author and intellectual Habib Baloch for the well-being of the people Baluchistan. Throughout his life, Jalib raised his voice on peaceful democratic forums, including newspapers, for rights of the oppressed people of Baluchistan.
The PFUJ has demanded that the real perpetrators of this cold-blooded assassination must be apprehended and brought to justice without any delay. The government must act vary fast to trace out the killers of Habib Jalib Baloch and failure to do so would fuel dissent and alienation among the people of Balochistan, it added.
Jalib was a staunch supporter of a free media and an easily accessible politician to all media outlets. He condemned the curbs on the media during the repressive military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez
Musharraf for which he had to spend jail terms. The PFUJ pays him deep respect for his support for a free media in the country in general and in Balochistan in particular.
The PFUJ offered condolences to the bereaved family and his admirers and paid rich tribute to the nationalist leader who remained committed to peaceful democratic struggle for several decades.
Shamsul Islam Naz
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