US Embassy condemns journalist’s murder

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The US Embassy on Wednesday condemned the murder of journalist Mukarram Khan and asked for a transparent investigation into
the incident.
“The US Embassy in Pakistan strongly condemns the murder of reporter Mukarram Khan Atif. We extend our condolences to his family and friends,” a US Embassy statement said. “Atif’s reporting on security and extremism from the tribal belt brought to light the threat extremism poses to peace and stability of Pakistan and the region. We admire his commitment to finding the truth wherever it led him, in accordance with the highest principles of his profession,” the statement said. “We urge a full and transparent investigation that identifies the culprits of this crime and brings them to justice,” the embassy statement said. “The US stands in solidarity with the journalists of Pakistan. A free and open press is the best guarantee of the freedom and security of Pakistanis,” the statement said.