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Pakistan 13 September 2006

Government remains silent on findings of investigations into Hayatullah Khan’s murder

"The government clearly has no intention of releasing the full results of the commission of enquiry headed by a Peshawar judge or the investigation by the governor of North-West Frontier Province," the press freedom organisation said.

"The lack of transparency is shocking, coming as it does after the reassuring statements by senior government officials that followed the discovery of Khan’s body," Reporters Without Borders continued. "We support the demand by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for both reports to be published in their entirety at once."

Reporters Without Borders asked the European Union, members of the European parliament and the parliament’s president to ensure that the cases of Khan and other journalists kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan were raised with President Pervez Musharraf during his visit to Brussels yesterday.

Two other journalists, Munir Mengal of the TV station Baloch Voice and Mehruddin Marri of the Sindhi-language daily newspaper Kawish, are still missing after being kidnapped by intelligence agents.

Judge Mohammad Raza Khan sent the report on his investigation into the Hayatullah Khan case to the authorities in Islamabad on 18 August, one month late. "I have done my job by handing in this report," he told Reporters Without Borders. "It is now up to the government to publish it or not."

The judge interviewed many people, including Khan’s family and a Reporters Without Borders representative. Despite requests by journalists’ organisations, the commission conducted all of its interviews without the press or public being present.

The governor of North-West Frontier Province announced on 9 September that the team he had ordered to investigate the Khan murder had also submitted its report to the government in Islamabad. Strangely, the governor seemed unaware that the judge had also submitted his report.

After Khan’s body was found on 16 June near Mir Ali in North Waziristan (one of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas), the prime minister, interior minister and information minister all separately promised that those responsible for his murder would be punished.

Khan’s body was handcuffed when he was found, and he had been shot several times in the head. He looked very thin and his beard was much longer, suggesting that he suffered considerable deprivations during his months in captivity.

He was kidnapped in Mir Ali on 5 December, a few days after he produced evidence refuting Pakistani army claims that the death of Hamza Rabia, a leading Arab militant in Al-Qaeda, and four others on 1 December was the result of an accidental munitions explosion. Photographs taken by Khan at the scene indicated that Rabia was killed by a US missile that was probably fired from a plane or a drone.

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