Pakistan: Journalist receives death threats

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Pakistan: Journalist receives death threats

Mehrab Shah Afridi, reporter of Tribal News Network (TNN), received threatening phone calls by an unknown man for sharing his news reports on social media in his hometown, Landi Kotal, a tribal area of Pakistan.

According to reports, Mehrab covered a sit-in where Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and Member of National Assembly (MNA) Muhammad Ali Wazir spoke to people who had gathered to protest against the killing of a resident of Landi Kotal. As soon as he uploaded the video of the speech of Wazir on the social media, he received the first phone call from Malaysia, warning him of dire consequences.

Talking to PPF, Afridi stated that he received five calls from (0060187907124) number, asking why he uploaded Wazir’s video on social media. “I also received death threats,” he added. He registered the First Information Report (FIR) at Landi Kotal Police Station against the unknown caller.

Station House Officer (SHO) at Landi Kotal Police Station Amjad Khan said that the case is being investigated and the Malaysian phone number from which the calls were received, has been sent to Peshawar to trace the caller.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) Vice President Lala Asad Pathan requested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to track down the caller and deal with him for making threatening phone calls to Afridi.

Landi Kotal Press Club member Ibrahim Shinwari said that Afridi’s case must be resolved as the earliest.