Palwasha Tokhi murder suspect arrestedA suspect has been arrested in connection to the brutal murder of a young female journalist in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

Provincial police chief, Raziq Qaderi, said the suspect was arrested from Mazar-e-Sharif city on Friday and is currently in police custody for furhter interrogation.

The female journalist – Palwasha Tokhi Miranzai was repeatedly stabbed by unidentified men inside her house in Mazar-e-Sharif city earlier last month.

According to reports, Tokhi was working as media analyst in Bayan news network and had recently returned to Afghanistan after completing her higher education studies in Thailand.

Tokhi’s murder comes as Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) informed of growing violence against the journalists in its annual report earlier this year.

The report further added that 84 cases of violence were registered during 2013 across the war-torn country.

According to AFJC, the cases include murder, injuries, physical and verbal abuse, death threats and closure of media outlets from January to December 2013.


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