Islamabad: Reporters without borders on Saturday voiced its dismay over the torture and killing of Pakistani journalist Ghulam Rasool Birhamani, who was found dead in Sindh province in the country`s south-east.
He is the fourth journalist to be killed in Pakistan
in 2010 and the second this year in Sindh province.
Several journalists in the region told the worldwide
press freedom organisation that they believed his death could
have been linked to an article he had written about a forced
marriage within the Lashari tribe.
Birhamani, who worked for Sindhi-language newspaper
Sindhu in the Dadu district, was found dead by police on 10
May 2010 with fatal head injuries.
A medical superintendent at the Johi Taluka hospital
also found marks of torture on his body.
Birhamani had written about the marriage of a
20-year-old woman to a boy of 10, both members of the Lashari
Some tribes in Sindh province arrange such marriages
to settle disputes. Dadu press club president Ghulam Bhind
said that the journalist had received threats from tribal
"It is deeply shocking that a journalist could be
killed like this because he dared to criticise certain customs
and to expose tribal or family rivalries," Reporters Without
"We support the various local organisations for the
defence of journalists who have expressed their grief and
solidarity after this vile murder and we call for a rigorous
investigation to quickly find those responsible," it said.