Foreign Secretary praises Pakistani journalist’s determination to ensure a vibrant and free press


Islamabad: In his meeting with Acting Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today, Thursday 23 June, the UK Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague discussed the concerning situation facing journalists in Pakistan following the recent abduction and killing of Syed Saleem Shezad and the assault on Waqar Kiani.

Following the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:

“All countries deserve a free and independent press. As I said at the time, I was shocked to hear of the abduction and killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shezad. I was very concerned to hear more recently that Waqar Kiani, who has worked for a UK newspaper, was assaulted. I raised the issue with Minister of State and I welcome her commitment to a judicial commission. It is vital that those responsible are brought to justice.”

For more information, contact:
Sarah Cowley
Head of Press and Public Affairs
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk