Indian journalists condole killing of Geo TV's Musa Khankhel

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Indian journalists held a meeting here on Tuesday to condole the killing of a Pakistani journalist.

Unidentified gunmen killed Mohammad Musa Khankhel, a journalist for Geo News and the News daily, last week while he was covering a peace march by Mohammad to the village of Matta, a Taliban stronghold in Swat.

The journalists observed two minutes silence at the Press Club of India (PCI) and also submitted a memorandum to the Pakistan Government through that country's High Commissioner in New Delhi.

"The PCI and other journalists' organizations of the country have come together to show solidarity with the slain journalist and other journalists of Pakistan who died and also got injured while performing their duties. We want to say that we are with them," said PCI secretary general, Pushpendra Kulshetra.

PCI officials said they would continue their protests to highlight the physical threats to e journalists the world over.

"We will not sit idle after this agitation. We will keep this fire alive so that if anything would happen with any journalist, people must talk about the physical and social security as well," said PCI president Parvez Ahmad.

Pakistan has offered to restore Islamic law in the Swat valley from where 250,000 to 500,000 people have fled since Maulana Fazlullah launched a campaign of violence.

The accord reached between the government and Mohammad, who has been at the vanguard of a long violent struggle for the establishment of Islamic law in Swat, has sent a chill through Western allies with troops in nearby Afghanistan.

Mohammad, who spent six years in jail for leading thousands of fighters to Afghanistan in a vain bid to help the Taliban there, repel U.S.-backed forces in 2001, is a respected figure among conservatives, particularly in moreemote villages.

He led an armed uprising in 1994 for the restoration of Islamic law in Swat.

He also challenged authorities with protests over the government's failure to honour agreements. (ANI)

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