CPJ urges Pakistan to probe Pakistani journalist’s death in Karachi

NEW YORK, April 19 :  The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent watchdog body, Thursday urged Pakistani authorities to investigate the killing of prominent editor and writer Murtaza Razvi and apprehend all those responsible for the crime.

The body of Razvi, a senior editor and head of magazines at Dawn Media Group, was found in a friend’s apartment in a Karachi residential area on Thursday, according to news reports. His body bore torture marks and his hands were tied, the English-language daily Dawn reported, adding that the journalist “had apparently been strangled to death.”

Razvi, a columnist and political analyst for Dawn Media Group, had worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. Before working as the group’s magazine editor, he worked as Dawn’s resident editor in Lahore. In 2009, he published the book Musharraf: The Years in Power, which detailed the rise and fall of the former president of Pakistan.

“We offer our deep condolences to the family and colleagues of Murtaza Razvi,” Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator, said in a statement.

Razvi is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Source: MGCT, Dawn, CPJ. By Iftikhar Ali

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