42 Journalists murdered in Pakistan during last 4 years: Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was told in a written reply that 42 journalists were killed during the last 4 years in the country.

As many as 15 journalists were murdered in Punjab, 11 in Sindh, 13 in KP and 3 in Balochistan.

Action was taken against 26 accused persons over murder of journalists in Punjab. 7 accused persons are arrested in Punjab and two are on bail. 5 accused in Punjab are under trial and 8 are absconding. 3 accused were killed in police encounters. One was acquitted by court.

In Sindh action was taken against 11 accused. 4 accused are arrested while 7 are under trial.

In KP action was taken against 13 accused under the charges of killing 13 journalists.

4 accused are under trial in KP, 2 have been acquitted and one has absconded.

In Balochistan 5 accused were arrested for killing 3 journalists. 2 accused absconded. One is under trial while one has been awarded sentence.