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Reporter gunned down in Balochistan

first_img Help by sharing this information June 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter gunned down in Balochistan to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Faiz Muhammad Sasoli, a reporter based in Khuzdar District, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, was killed in hail of submachine-gunfire yesterday. Sasoli, who worked for the Aaj Kal daily newspaper and the Independent News of Pakistan agency, had escaped two previous murder attempts. His death brings to six the number of media workers killed since the start of the year in Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous country for the media.“The Balochi insurgent groups that have chosen to carry out targeted murders of journalists are doing their cause a dramatic disservice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge all Balochi leaders to condemn such criminal behaviour, which must stop at once. We also call on the federal and provincial authorities to investigate Sasoli’s murder.” The press freedom organisation added: “In the space of less than two years, Balochistan has become one of the most hazardous regions in the world for journalists, who are coming under attack from both the insurgents and the security forces.”Sasoli was killed when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle in which he was travelling with members of his family near the Faisal Hotel in Khuzdar District. A former president of the Khuzdar press club, he died on the spot.He had often received death threats and had been the target of two murder attempts. A Balochi nationalist group had accused him of being one of the leaders of the Baloch Defence Armed Group, a pro-government militia that fights Balochi armed separatist groups.Aged 27, Sasoli was due to have been married in a month’s time.Journalists in the provincial capital of Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for Sasoli’s murder. At least four journalists have been killed by Balochi separatists since they resumed armed struggle in 2006. Journalist Wasi Ahmed was killed by gunmen in Khuzdar District in April 2009.In an unrelated incident on 12 June in Khuzdar District, reporter Munir Noor of Samaa TV and the Daily Messenger newspaper was beaten by members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, who tried to stop him covering the funerals of several Balochi students. A Frontier Corps official later apologised for the incident. News News Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img News Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Customs and Border Protection Commissioner calls influx at remote areas of the border a ‘new phenomenon’ in wake of 7-year-old’s death

first_imgScott Eisen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Migrants are showing up in groups of 100 or more at remote parts of the U.S.-Mexico border that aren’t equipped to handle the influx, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday.It’s a new phenomenon to challenge the agency’s resources shortly after a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody.One of the remote locations where agents are under-resourced is at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico, where 7-year-old Jacklin Caal Maquin was held hours before she died.  McAleenan visited the station Tuesday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. They went with the intent to find out more about the circumstances of Maquin’s death, which is now the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General.“The crossings in this area are up tenfold since 2014,” McAleenan said on a call with reporters after the visit. “This is an area that saw very few crossings per day, on average, in any prior year of reference. So this is a very different phenomenon.”In a phone interview from outside the facility, Rep. Lou Correa, D-California, said the tour confirmed what McAleenan described and that it was clear Border Patrol agents are “not prepared to address this refugee crisis.”“The mission has changed completely,” Correa said. “They are going from stopping drugs to addressing a humanitarian issue of refugees coming to our southern region.”Beginning in mid-October and reaching a peak in December, the agency started to see “extremely large groups” arriving several times a week and consisting mostly of families and unaccompanied children, McAleenan said.In the last three days, they’ve seen two groups of more than 200 people, he said, while the Lordsburg station is staffed with about four agents at a time, usually on eight-day rotations.He said groups are largely traveling from Guatemala to the New Mexico border by bus, often for four or five days at a time and for 16-hour stretches. According to McAleenan, the “new smuggling cycle” involves more families and unaccompanied children.“A group as large as 250, you’re going to have medical issues,” McAleenan said. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus members who toured the facilities described it as unconscionable and emotional, urging for a reorganization of resources that would address what they called a “humanitarian crisis.”Correa, who said he spoke with Border Patrol agents about where they needed resources, said they told him they “weren’t ready” for what they were facing. When asked about a border wall, they said they didn’t see it as “brick and mortar” but as more resources.“They said we want better equipment, more personnel, we want to do our job. They said that’s what a border wall should be,” Correa said.  Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, described “inhumane” cells inside Lordsburg, with a mix of adults and children who shared a single toilet.Chairman-elect of the caucus, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said a range of systemic failures in Maquin’s case and at facilities near the border should lead to McAleenan’s resignation.Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-California, who worked as an emergency room doctor, spoke to the specifics of Maquin’s death, the handling of her care and the equipment he saw at the port of entry where she was apprehended and at Lordsburg, where she was eventually taken.“What I’ve found here is there are some really serious systemic obstacles, and problems, and failures in the system, to provide the care that a child so lovingly deserves when they’re in our custody,” Ruiz said at the press conference outside the facility.He called for complete physical examinations of any “vulnerable populations,” including young children,” that come through the ports of entry. Had this been done, he said, Maquin could have been airlifted to a hospital sooner. Ruiz and other members of Congress called for an independent investigation into the healthcare resources at the border.“It’s sad that Jaklin’s death had to happen to bring all of us here again to refocus on the issue of the border and the border wall, and I say that with anger because of what’s happening in Washington right now,” Correa said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi View post tag: Pakistan Navy The Pakistan Navy-hosted biennial maritime exercise AMAN-2019 kicked off in Karachi on February 8, with 46 nations in attendance.The four-day exercise will involve a port and at-sea phase with a focus on maritime security, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance operations.Based on this, the exercise seeks to develop and practice response tactics, techniques, and procedures (RTTP) for maritime infrastructure, assets and forces against traditional and non-traditional threats.AMAN was first organized in 2007 and the 2019 edition is the seventh iteration of the multinational exercise. AMAN is an Urdu word meaning peace and the slogan of the exercise is “Together for Peace”.The Pakistan Navy has not released a list participating ships. The UK confirmed it would be represented by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon and the Italian Navy said its FREMM frigate ITS Carlo Margottini would take part in the exercise.A warm welcome to Pakistan to HMS Dragon. In Karachi to take part Exercise Aman 2019. @HMSDragon is the most advanced of all the ships taking part. A symbol of the importance the @RoyalNavy attaches to its historic relationship with the Pakistan Navy. pic.twitter.com/h9DqqAr8g6— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) February 7, 2019 navaltoday Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi February 8, 2019, by Authorities View post tag: AMAN Share this articlelast_img read more