Islamabad, April 9, IRNA -- Pakistan's media organizations and
journalists on Wednesday alleged the US had deliberately targeted a
group of newsmen for objective reporting of the events, taking place
They condemned the attack on the journalists and termed it a
total negation of free press and human values.
The Secretary General of All Pakistan Confederation of Newspapers
Employees, Pervaiz Shaukat, told "IRNA" that the attack on a group of
newsmen in Baghdad was blatant violation of human rights and press
Condemning the incident, that claimed three lives on Tuesday,
during US bombardment, he blasted the American leadership and Saddam
Hussain, who failed to defend his country.
"The action against Iraq was partly the result of wrong policies
of Saddam Hussain, for which the entire Iraqi nation had been
subjected to aggression," he lamented.
He held US and Saddam responsible for the death of hundreds of
C.R. Shamsi, Senior Vice-President of All Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists, said that under a well-thought out conspiracy the
journalists were targeted as they were engaged in reporting of the war
in Iraq in its true perspective.
He said that the US was outraged over objective reporting. In
this direction, he cited the instance of Al-Jazeera channel.
He requested the world community to take action against those
responsible for the tragedy.
Kashif Hussain Datt, a journalist, working with an
Islamabad-based news agency told this agency that the International
Court of Justice should take up the matter and punish the culprits for
this naked aggression.
Another Islamabad-based reporter, Mohammad Azam Khan Niazi, said
that US forces had internationally attacked the journalists. He urged
the United Nations to initiate investigation in to the incident.