Pak media, experts concerned over Saudi journalist killing

Islamabad, Oct 26, IRNA – Pakistani media and analysts in their reports and articles have expressed serious concern over the mysterious killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Earlier Pakistan had welcomed the contacts between King Salman bin Abdulaziz and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and their desire to continue to work together to address the Jamal Khashoggi issue.

“We welcome the steps taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to address this issue. Disclosing facts to the public and bringing those responsible to justice is important in this regard,” foreign ministry statement said.

However, according to some media reports, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed dissatisfaction over Pakistan government’s stance over the murder of Saudi journalist.

Leading English news daily ‘Dawn’ in its editorial said the accounts doing the rounds of senior Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul are chilling.

“While authoritarian governments the world over have no qualms about killing dissidents — including journalists — the details swirling around Mr Khashoggi are reminiscent of the dark ages,” it said.

Defense analyst Talat Masood in his article published in the ‘Express Tribune’ said the recent unfortunate event in the Saudi embassy in Turkey in which the Saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered shook the conscience of the world and will continue to be the focus of media for a long time.

“More significantly, it raised a broader question of the rule of law, state of human rights, stage of democratic evolution,” he said.

Analyst Dr Murad Ali in his article in ‘The News’ said the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has become an albatross around the neck of the royal family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

“The most annoying and embarrassing aspect regarding this case for Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman – known as MBS – has been the unabated and unfading nature of the incident. This affair is likely to haunt the kingdom until the mystery is solved,” he said.

He said the killing of a dissident on a foreign land in this manner also clearly exemplifies that, irrespective of the fact that we are living in the 21st century and irrespective of the promise that MBS has publicised through his so-called reforms, the voices of critics will not be safe.

Ayesha Ijaz Khan in her article in ‘Dawn’ said Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist, was brutally murdered and his body dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“His crime was criticizing the regime of Mohammed bin Salman, the current crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia,” she noted.

She added the Saudi regime could not have, in its wildest imagination, anticipated the international reaction that would follow.

“Although journalists have been killed in many countries, and certainly Khashoggi cannot be the first Saudi to have met such a tragic fate,” said the analyst.

She said Khashoggi criticism of the Saudi regime was relatively mild and he never advocated an outright rejection of the monarchy, as some less famous Saudis dissidents have.

“His murder was a deliberate attempt to make an example of a critic at an official premises, with official sanction, in a most gruesome manner,” she pointed out.

Raja Rafi in his article in ‘Daily Times’ said murder of Khashoggi is an act something only the Saudis could do. “Yet despite their prolific history of blatant human rights abuses, it seems this time the Saudis have out done their own selves and taken it a step too far,” he said.

He said when Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey he didn’t know that what awaited him was his own death. “That his fate was to be killed, cut up into pieces and transported into the oblivion of history,” the analyst said.

“There is no doubt that the US and Zionists like Mohammed bin Salman. But if he was to be this reckless in his pursuit for power – the chances are that unless he gets his head straight the centers of power might lose their patience with this flashy prince who likes to pose for Time Magazine,” he said.

He added in his death Khashoggi has achieved what perhaps he couldn’t in his life. Perhaps now Mohammed bin Salman and his agents would think twice before taking such a step.

He said but one thing is for sure, once the MBS gets some time off from bombing Yemen, expelling diplomats and detaining other countries’ Prime Ministers – he seriously needs to go ahead and fire the person who planned and executed the assassination operation of Khashoggi.
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