Pak journalists condemn killing of TV cameraman

Islamabad: Pakistani Journalist Organisation and Reporters Without Borders on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of a television cameraman Malik Arif in a suicide bombing in a Quetta hospital.

Five other journalists, Noor Elahi Bugti of Samaa TV, Salman Ashraf of Geo TV, Fareed Ahmed of Dunya TV, Khalil Ahmed of Express TV and Malik Sohail of Aaj TV, were also injured.

The journalists were at the hospital to film a gathering by Shiites in support of a Shiite businessman who had been the target of a murder attempt.

Seven other people were killed in the bombing, which was believed to carried out by a Sunni jihadist group.

"When all the businessman's friends and all the journalists had gathered at the hospital, a suicide bomber came up, opened fire and then blew himself up in the middle of the crowd," Quetta-based journalist Malik Siraj told Reporters Without Borders.

A journalist for 30 years and father of four children, Malik Arif was the second journalist to be killed in Pakistan since the start of this year.

One the eve of his death, he recorded a message for the TV station stressing the vital importance of crime reporters.