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Published:September 15th, 2010 10:47 EST
Hangu`s Leading Journalist Misri Khan Murdered

Hangu`s Leading Journalist Misri Khan Murdered

By Ernest Dempsey

Hangu`s senior journalist and the President of Hangu`s Union of Journalists (HUJ) Misri Khan Orakzai was shot dead by unidentified gunmen early last morning. Misri Khan, who was in his late 40s was the founding figure in journalism in Hangu town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.


According to local sources, Misri Khan was entering the press club at around 6:30 in the morning when three armed men opened fire on him from behind, and then escaping the scene. Misri Khan received four bullets and succumbed to the wounds almost immediately. His funeral was in the afternoon in Hangu in which a large number of people participated, including many journalists.


In his career spanning two decades, Misri Khan remained loyal to the true spirit of journalism. He was often targeted and persecuted by people whose corruption and treachery he exposed. He would call his journalistic endeavors "reformation by the pen ". With his death, the murder of journalism " has literally come true.


The Hangu Union of Journalists has strongly condemned the murder of Misri Khan, demanding of government the arrest of the culprits, failing which they`d launch a large public protest. The journalists will also observe a three-day grieving of Misri Khan`s death.