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Fears persist over kidnapped journalist’s safety

Asad Qureshi, a journalist who was kidnapped along with two former Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) operatives in the Kohat region of Pakistan last month, was today handed over to a third party negotiation team, according to Pakistani broadcaster Dawn News. Qureshi, along with Colonel Imam, one of the former ISI operatives, with close ties […]

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Pakistan bans broadcast of BBC Urdu news bulletins

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has banned 24 local FM radio stations from broadcasting news bulletins from the BBC Urdu Service. The ban, which affects 24 out of 34 BBC FM partner stations in Pakistan, was relayed to the BBC by the PEMRA, which said it was acting on orders from the government. No […]

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Militants release video of kidnapped journalist, retired ISI officers

The International Press Institute is deeply concerned about reports that a ransom demand has been issued for the release of Pakistani freelance journalist Asad Qureshi, who was reported missing earlier this month. Qureshi was traveling with two retired ISI operatives, Colonel Imam and Squadron Leader Khalid Khwaja, near the town of Kohat in Pakistan’s restive North […]

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Cameraman killed in Pakistan blast

A cameraman was killed, and a reporter injured, on Friday, when a bomb exploded at a hospital in Quetta, in western Pakistan. Malik Arif, a cameraman with Pakistan’s Samaa TV, was among at least 10 people killed, when a bomb exploded at the Civil Hospital in Quetta this morning. The television station said at least […]

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