President and PM Condemn Killing of Khalil Gibran

President and PM Condemn Killing of Khalil Gibran

Islamabad, Pakistan (June 19, 2024) — President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday strongly condemned the tragic killing of senior journalist Khalil Gibran, President of the Landi Kotal Press Club.

The assassination, which occurred late Tuesday night, has sent shockwaves through the journalistic community and the nation at large.

In a heartfelt condolence message, President Zardari expressed profound grief over the loss of Khalil Gibran. Extending his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family, he emphasized the crucial need for ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Pakistan. “Journalists play a vital role in the democratic process, and their protection is paramount,” the President stated. He called for swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice and highlighted the necessity of implementing effective measures to safeguard journalists across the country.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif echoed the President’s sentiments in his own condemnation of the killing. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to Gibran’s family and reassured them of the government’s commitment to seeking justice for the slain journalist. The Prime Minister directed Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and relevant authorities to expedite the arrest of those responsible for this heinous act and ensure they face the full force of the law.

“The murder of Khalil Gibran is a grave loss to the journalistic community and to Pakistan as a whole,” Prime Minister Sharif stated. “We will not rest until those behind this atrocity are brought to justice. Freedom of the press and the right to life of journalists are fundamental, and we are resolute in our determination to protect these rights.”

Khalil Gibran was tragically shot to death by unknown assailants in the Mazarina Sultan Khel area of Landi Kotal. The news of his death has sparked outrage and sorrow among his peers and the general public. Gibran was known for his fearless reporting and dedication to the truth, qualities that earned him respect and admiration within the press community.

Earlier today, Khalil Gibran was laid to rest in his hometown of Landi Kotal. Mourners gathered to pay their final respects, reflecting on his contributions to journalism and his unwavering commitment to the truth. His death marks a significant loss and raises serious concerns about the dangers faced by journalists in volatile regions.

The call for justice and enhanced protection for journalists has never been more urgent. The tragic killing of Khalil Gibran underscores the perils faced by those who dare to report the truth, and it is now up to the authorities to ensure that his death is not in vain.