Journalists in Pakistan allowed to carry guns.

Journalists in Pakistan will be allowed to carry guns following…

Journalists in Pakistan will be allowed to carry guns following the death of a reporter who investigated the military’s links with al Qaeda, Pakistan’s Geo News reported today.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday that journalists faced “negative forces” in their work, in the same way as the security forces. Malik said orders were issued to allow journalists to carry small arms for self-defense.

Saleem Shahzad, 40, who worked for an Italian news agency and online news site, was found dead outside the capital, Islamabad, after writing about links between rogue navy officials and al Qaeda.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has denied “baseless” allegations that it was involved in the murder, AFP reported.

Source: Herald Sun/Newscore

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