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January 15, 2011
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KP PA wants probe into killing of Geo TV reporter in Karachi

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January 15, 2011

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PESHAWAR: Condemning the target killing of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday asked the federal government to take result-oriented steps for the restoration of peace in Karachi in addition to holding a judicial inquiry into the murder.
The legislators said the federal government, instead of protecting itself, should concentrate on protection of its citizens.
Soon after the question hour about the elementary and secondary education, the journalists walked out of the assembly to protest the assassination of Wali Khan Babar but they were later persuaded by ministers for information and forests and representatives from other parties, all of whom extended sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Mian Iftikhar said the law and order situation had worsened again in Karachi under a pre-planned conspiracy. He asked Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the incident.
Senior Minister Bashir Bilour demanded judicial inquiry into the killing of Wali Khan Babar.
Leader of the opposition and former chief minister Akram Khan Durrani condemned the killing and proposed to the lawmakers to draw a joint line of action instead of delivering emotional speeches.
Pakhtuns were being pitted against Muhajirs under a conspiracy, he said and proposed adoption of a unanimous resolution on the issue. He suggested formation of a grand Jirga having representation of all political parties to hold a meeting with the president and the PM to maintain law and order in Karachi.
PPP parliamentary leader Abdul Akbar Khan said outsiders were now claiming ownership of the house and making life difficult for the locals in Karachi. He emphasised the need for taking practical measures to stop the ongoing wave of target killings in the port city.
Minister for Environment and Forests Wajid Ali Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Mufti Kifyatullah extended solidarity with

the journalists, condemned murder of Wali Khan Babar.

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