Journalist run over by car days after police refused to investigate death threats

 
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Journalist run over by car days after police refused to investigate death threats

Lahore June 10 (TNS): A Pakistani journalist known for his reporting on minorities’ issues was run over by a car on Friday. The incident comes days after police refused to investigate the death threats he was receiving from unknown callers.

The 39-year-old Tanveer, who works for The Express Tribune, was run over by a speeding car while he was returning home after attending a meeting of the Punjab Union of Journalists. He was taken to a hospital for the leg fracture.

Tanveer for years has reported on the country’s increasing persecution and mistreatment of religious minorities. His recent reports on the Freemasons, Ahmadis, and Jains attracted the attention of right-wing groups, who consider such reporting an act of blasphemy, a crime punishable by death.

Last week, Tanveer and his family found their house in Lahore vandalised after they returned from market. A  graffiti calling him a ‘Kafir‘ was also daubed on the front door of his rented house.

The graffiti in Urdu read”  “قادیانی نواز رانا تنویر کافر واجب القتل” “Qadiani supporter Rana Tanveer is an infidel who deserves to be killed”.

The police have so far refused to register both these cases.

Earlier the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) had condemned the death threats to Tanveer which followed his writing about religious minorities. The IFJ has urged the government to ensure security for the journalist and launch an investigation into the threats.