By Umar Daraz wazir
MIRANSHAH: 27-2-13: Senior journalist and correspondent for Jang, The News AVT Khyber and Geo News, Malik Mumtaz was martyred in North Waziristan on Wednesday. Miranshah Press club members confirmed.
Malik Mumtaz was on his way to home after fulfilling his press activities in press club and went for offering condolences in Chashma village when unknown assailants opened fire on his car killing him on the spot and his driver remained safe. TUJ local boby of NWA president Noor Behram said. His body has been shifted to a hospital for post mortem and than sifted to miranshah.
According to locals mumtaz will buried in his local graveyard miramshah village on Thursday 2:30pm. He left two sons and a daughter and a wife behind.
Malik Mumtaz was also the Chairperson of the Miranshah Press Club for several years and was selected a newly president of local miranshah press club.
Malik Mumtaz had done matriculation from miranshah high school and passed B.A from Degree college miranshah. He had been associated with the Jang group of newspapers and later with Geo News for nearly 18 years.
Reporting from the trouble tribal areas of Pakistan, Mumtaz ever done unbiased and accurate reporting and was highly prominent among the locals of NWA.
TUJ Local unit of NWA president Noor behram said local journalists of NWA announced six days mourn in miranshah. He said mumtaz was a senior journalist and always did un biased reporting. He said mumtaz was always highlighting the issues and problems of local masses on media and that is why he was very popular among locals.
Another local journalist of NWA Ihsan dawar said FATA journalists working in war zone areas and confronting with lots of difficulties and un secure situations, but government failed in providing security to FATA journalists.
Senior journalists of FATA are of the opinion that although malik mumtaz had not received any threats but according to them reporting from FATA and Waziristan is more dangerous. The journalists do not know which word and news will proved dangerous for him and will be mind by any armed group or military.
It is worth mentioning that in last decade about 14 journalist killed in FATA by un known armed men. In 2006 local journalist of NWA hayat ullah was guned down after kidnapping him from his office in mirali by un known armed men.