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Death of journalist Imtiaz Baig mourned by Pakistani public

The country's journalist community is mourning the loss of Imtiaz Baig, and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has also expressed condolences over his death.

The death of a private channel’s journalist Imtiaz Baig is being mourned by the Pakistani public. Prayers and condolences are being poured in on social media over the death of Imtiaz Baig.

The country’s journalist community is mourning the loss of Imtiaz Baig. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also expressed condolence for the death of journalist Imtiaz Baig.

“Senior journalist from Jhelum Imtiaz Baig has passed away. May Allah grant him the highest rank in jannat,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

According to the details in the media, SAMAA TV Jhelum correspondent Imtiaz Baig has been killed in an ‘assassination attempt’ carried out by unidentified persons in Jhelum.

Police confirmed that Samaa TV reporter Imtiaz Baig was killed in an ‘assassination attempt’. Police detailed that unidentified persons attacked Baig with baton when he came out of a local mosque after offering prayers.

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The attackers fled from the scene after attacking the TV reporter. Police authorities launched an investigation to ascertain the motives of the attack.

The news of the assassination has raised alarm among Pakistan’s journalist community which is demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

On the other hand, SAMAA TV has reported that Imtiaz Baig passed away in an ‘accident’ after he fell from a height and met with a deadly head injury. As per the initial medical report, the incident occurred due to a falling from a height while deep head injury was the cause of death.

Punjab IG has ordered a complete investigation into the incident. Punjab Interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi also took notice of the incident an sought report from the relevant authorities.

While the death of Imtiaz Baig is being investigated, it is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has long been known as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to work in. Journalists in the country are often subject to physical attacks, intimidation, and censorship, with many facing serious risks to their safety and freedom.

In recent years, the situation for journalists in Pakistan has remained precarious. In 2020, Pakistan was ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, a ranking that reflects the country’s poor record on press freedom.

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Journalists are also frequently targeted by government officials and security forces, who use tactics such as intimidation, harassment, and censorship to silence critical voices. Despite the challenges, many journalists in Pakistan continue to bravely report on important issues, including corruption and human rights abuse.