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Senior journalist receives death threats

(PPF/IFEX) - November 25, 2011 - Mohammad Malick, editor of the English language daily "The News", received telephone death threats and was followed by men in a car on November 22 as he was travelling to his office in the capital, Islamabad. He believes the people threatening and following him were from intelligence agencies.

Malick said he was also followed by unknown individuals in a white Toyota Corolla on November 23.

Malick told PPF that he received a phone call on the evening of November 21, in which he was warned not to delve too deeply in his investigative reporting on the so-called "Memogate issue", in which former Pakistan ambassador to the U.S. Hussain Haqqani is alleged to have sought U.S. help in reining in Pakistan's military in a memo to Admiral Mike Mullen. Haqqani has since resigned over the incident.

Malick said he has written columns on the "Memogate issue" in his newspaper that were critical of government policies. He believes that the threats he received were a reaction to the columns.

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