Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFU) has expressed its grave concern and dismay over the Israeli aggression on freedom flotilla and termed it an open violation of the international laws and basic human rights.
According to press release issued here on Monday, in its statement, PFUJ demanded that Government of Pakistan should utilize all resources for tracing whereabouts of Pakistani journalists Talaat Hussain and Raza Mehmood and a social worker Mr. Nadeem who were on board the Flotilla bound for Gaza.
PFUJ further noted that the killing of members of humanitarian mission, which also included women, is inhuman, brutal, and constitutes a flagrant violation of international rules, disciplines, charters and norms.
PFUJ noted with concern that attack on the convoy carrying aid goods is an open attack on the civil society and this step on the part of Israeli government has exposed its true face of barbarism.
Pro-Palestinian groups and a Turkish human rights organization organized the flotilla. Turkey had urged Israel to allow it safe passage and said the 10,000 tonnes of aid the convoy was carrying was humanitarian.
Despite this clear cut and open proof that people in the flotilla were known figures and going to deliver aid, Israeli forces attack the convey which is highly condemnable.
It is painful for the journalists of Pakistan no contact has so far been established with Talat Hussain and Raza Mehmood who were on board one of the six ships carrying aid to blockaded Gaza, after Israel attacked the convoy killing at least 20 and wounding 50. The convoy set off in international waters off Cyprus on Sunday in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade of Gaza.