On November 20, two employees of a local television channel Dunya News were injured in a hand grenade attack by unidentified men at the Bureau office in Faisalabad, a city of Punjab province.
The attackers were on a Honda 125 motorcycle hurled a hand grenade outside the television office and successfully escaped. They also dropped threatening pamphlets, which read “Daulat Islamia Khurasan (Islamic State- Khorasan group) accepts the responsibility of the attack. We will continue to attack dictatorial rulers, their forces and their facilitators (media etc.). The pamphlet warned Ahl-e-Sunnat (Sect) people to stay away from these targets.”
The injured were Saif ur Reham, business executive and Nazar Hussain, security guard, who were rushed to a hospital. The blast of the grenade damaged vehicles parked outside the office and also damaged glasses of the windows.
The CCTV footage of the attack was broadcasted at Dunya News. First Information Report of a hand grenade attack by unidentified men was registered in the City Police Station.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack at television office and ordered to arrest the attackers immediately. Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the attack and ordered of an inquiry report to the Regional Police Officer (RPO) and also ordered to arrest the attackers instantly. Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed also condemned the attack and assured to book the attackers soon.
Condemnation from Pakistan Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Faisalabad Union of Journalists, Faisalabad Press Club and condemnation from other various unions of journalists and press clubs.
On the other hand, journalists’ communities protested in various cities of Punjab, including Lahore, Multan and Sahiwal and demanded to apprehend the attackers.
Summary "Late on November 10, 2015 Muhammad Afzal Mughal, senior reporter of Daily Mashriq and Vice President of the Baluchistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) was picked up by a law enforcement agency from his house in Quetta, Baluchistan and released after fifteen hours."
On the morning of 3 November 2015, journalist Zaman Mehsud was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his motorcycle in Tank, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.
According to Reuters news agency, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban commander Qari Saif Ullah said "We killed him because he was writing against us. We have some other journalists on our hit list in the region, soon we will target them."
Mehsud, 38, was travelling from Gomal bazaar when unidentified gunmen opened fire near the Dabara refugee camp. The assailants who were also on a motorcycle managed to escape after shooting him.
Mehsud was critically injured and taken to the District Headquarter Hospital Tank, and later to the District Headquarters Hospital in Dera Ismail Khan where he succumbed to his injuries. Mehsud received four bullets to the chest, doctors said.
Mehsud was a senior journalist associated with the Urdu language Daily Ummat and the SANA news agency. He was running his own twitter news account, "Gomel News", and had served as president and secretary general of the Tribal Union of Journalists' South Waziristan chapter. He was also a monitor for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
According to local journalists, he did not get any threats and did not have any enmities with anyone.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the killing of Mehsud and demanded the government take prompt action to arrest the culprits. The PFUJ leaders have called for a country-wide protest on Thursday [5 November] if the local police failed to arrest the journalist's killers
The murder was also condemned by the FATA Journalists' Association, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and many journalists' unions.
Aslam Khan, the slain journalist's brother, registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the unidentified killers.
Mehsud hailed from Mantoi area of Ladha in South Waziristan and was residing in Tank. He leaves behind his wife, three sons and two daughters.
On 10 October, 2015, Frontier Corps (FC) raided the house of Rahat Shinwari, a correspondent of an Urdu daily, Ausaf and took him with them after his identification by a man (wearing mask) accompanying the raiding FC in his house in Landi Kotal, small town of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.
According to local people, armed FC raided his house in the evening of Saturday. They made him blindfold, handcuffed him and took him to an unknown place. Shinwari’s family members later told media persons that they were not given any reason by the FC for his arrest.
Talking to Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) local journalists said, he used to write stories about corruption and smuggling in the region and he was active in social media.
After spreading the news of his detention, local journalists and members of Landi Kotal Press Club organized a protest demonstration against detention of him on Sunday. They demanded to know his whereabouts and reason for picking him up. They also organized a protest rally in which a large number of political workers participated. They gave 24 hours to the FC to release him and announced to arrange another protest in front of the FC headquarters, Governor House and office of Corps Commander.
Condemnations from various journalists unions and press clubs came at his arrest. Talking to PPF a local reporter said local journalists had an understanding with both the FC officials and local administration to mutually resolve issues if there was any concerning reporting from the region but still the FC picked him without explaining any reason which is illegal.
Three hours after the protest demonstration FC released Shinwari. But according to local journalists they released him in Peshawar instead in Landi Kotal.