QUETTA: Senior cameraman SAMAA, Malik Arif passed away Friday in the blast that took place at Civil Hospital, Quetta.
Malik Arif had been in the field of journalism for the past 30 years. He had jeopardized his life on countless occasions to bring the best coverage of events to the public. He was courageous by nature and would always take initiative in covering events. He demonstrated his courage at the Civil Hospital, Quetta Friday also, where he lost his life.

Malik Arif belonged to Sialkot but was currently residing in Makangi Road, Quetta. He had been working with SAMAA for the past two years.

Arif joined PTV in 1975 as a light man and was then promoted to camera man.

He raised his voice for the release of media personnel in the Zia-ul Haq regime in 1978; went to Kandahar in 1994 for coverage, where he was kidnapped. He was released two months later.

He is survived by 4 sons, a daughter and a widow.

The entire team of SAMAA extends their condolences to his family.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, MQM Chairman Altaf Hussain and Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri have expressed great sorrow on Malik Arif’s death.

Khyber Union of Journalists have demanded the security of journalists while lamenting the death of Malik Arif.

Media persons covering the Sindh Assembly meeting protested on the death of Malik Arif and injury of other media persons. They wore black bands on their arms while performing their duties.