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Calls for investigation as journalist laid to rest

Calls for investigation as journalist laid to rest

Dec 21, 2014 - 15:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A journalist, who was seriously wounded during a Talibaninfo-icon suicide attack on a French-run school in Kabul, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Sunday.

The December 11 attack the Istiqlal School in the heart of Kabul killed a German national and wounded 20 other people. The bomber struck when a performance was in progress at the French Institute of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A local TV cameraman, Zubair Hatami, was seriously injured in the bombing, which drew widespread condemnation from civil societyinfo-icon and human rights groups. He breathed his last after staying in a coma for 10 days.

Also on Sunday, the Media Association wrote a complaint to the Presidential Palace and demanded a serious investigation into the brazen attack.

Scores of media professionals attended the funeral for the Mitra TV journalist in Deh Mazang area. The association members drafted the complaint and affixed their signatures to it at Hatami’s home. 

Siddiqullah Tawhidi, media support organisation NAI’s director, assailed the government’s ambiguous policy for suicide attacks on journalists. He asked the rulers to rethink their policy on dealing with insurgents.

The government is duty-bound to protect all Afghans, including journalists, according to Tawhidi, who said media people should be assured of their security.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member Ghulam Farooq, who also attended the funeral, called terror a sinister threat to the Afghans and the journalist community. He condemned the authorities for failing to pay proper heed to the cameraman’s treatment.

Mitra TV head Abdul Shaheed Saqib said they had done their best to ensure the best possible treatment of Hatami. He said they had repeatedly tried to take the journalist abroad, but Emergency Hospital doctors did not agree.




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