PESHAWAR - Musa Khankhel, Swat-based journalist and correspondent of a private TV channel and an Urdu daily newspaper was assassinated by unknown assailants in Matta, Swat on Wednesday. "Musa was picked up by unknown persons while he was in Matta in connection with coverage of Maulana Sufi Muhammad's peace karavan and later his dead body was recovered from nearby village Deedpaani," remarked his younger brother Essa Khahakhel, who is daily TheNation's correspondent in Mingora. No group has claimed responsibility for assassination of Musa Khankhel so far. His family members have also not blamed any one for his assassination. According to doctors there were 30 bullet signs on his head, chest and other parts of body. The police registered a case against unknown persons. Earlier Wednesday morning both Musa Khankhel and his brother Essa Khankhel were not permitted by the officials to cover Press conference of the NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour in Media Centre. The officials accused both the brothers of giving projection to militants activities. Bashir Ahmad Bilour along with provincial ministers Wajid Ali Khan and Mohammad Ayub Khan Ashari arrived on a daylong trip to Mingawara after signing of accord with chief of banned Tehrik Nifaz Shariah Mohammadi (TNSM). Musa Khankhel belonged to Mingawara city. He has left a widow, three children, mother and younger brothers to mourn his sad demise. He enjoyed the reputation of being the most active, vocal and bold journalists from the Swat region. He was around 28 years old and graduated from Jehanzeb Government College Saidu Sharif, Swat. Meanwhile, the NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has expressed deep sense of grief over the brutal assassination of Musa Khankhel and termed it an act of sabotaging the peace process initiated with signing of the agreement between government and Maulana Sufi Mohammad. "Unfortunately since long, certain elements become active whenever government initiates steps on realistic grounds for return of peace," he observed. Similarly President Khyber Union of Journalists Mr Mohammad Riaz and President Peshawar Press Club Shamim Shahid have also condemned the tragic incident and held the government responsible for such act. They demanded early arrest of the culprits involved in Musa Khankhel's brutal murder and called upon human rights organisations from all over the world and political forces to condemn the cowardly act. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have also strongly condemned the murder of Musa Khankhel. The President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages expressed their shock and grief over this tragic happening, conveyed their condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family members of Musa Khan Khel and prayed for the departed soul. The President and the Prime Minister have also directed the provincial authorities to investigate the matter and submit a report immediately. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ms Sherry Rehman has also expressed deep grief and shock over killing of Musa Khan. The Minister termed the murder an attack on freedom of press and said every effort will be made to bring the culprits to justice and give them exemplary punishment under the law. Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, A Rehman Malik also strongly condemned murder of Musa Khan. The Advisor directed the Inspector General Police, NWFP to submit a detailed report on the murder. Terming the killing an attack on the freedom of press, he reiterated the government's commitment to bring the culprits to justice and give them exemplary punishment in accordance with the law. Meanwhile, President Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) Arif Nizami has expressed shock and grief over the killing of Geo TV journalist Musa Khan Khel in Matta area of Swat Valley on Wednesday. In a statement, Arif Nizami demanded of the government to take notice of this sad incident. He demanded arrest of those responsible for this killing. Secretary General PFUJ, Mr Mazhar Abbaz, President Rawal-pindi-Islamabad Press Club, Tariq Chaudhry and President Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists Mr Shehryar Khan have also condemned the dastardly murder of Musa Khankhel. The announced to hold today ( Thursday) a protest rally outside the National Press Club at 1:30 pm. In a joint press statement President KhUJ, Mohammad Riaz, General Secretary Yousaf Ali, President Peshawar Press Club Shamim Shahid and General Secretary Mohammad Ali Khan urged the government to protect the lives of journalists. They said that the government should award exemplary punishment to the killers of the journalist. They said the killing of journalist would certainly not prove a good omen for the peace deal in the restive Swat valley. Musa became the third journalist killed in the Swat valley during the turmoil, while eight media men have so far been killed in the violence-hit settled districts of the Frontier province and adjacent tribal belt. The leaders of journalists' bodies were of the opinion that the working journalists were the worst sufferers of chaos that has taken this region into grip for the last several years. They also said that the government besides conducting a fair and square inquiry into the incident to award punishment to the killers of the journalists should extend maximum compensation to the bereaved family. The journalist bodies also declared to observe today as black day to mourn the brutal killing of the journalist. The journalists would fasten black ribbons around their arms and stage a protest demonstration at Peshawar Press Club at 12 o'clock. They urged all the members of the union to ensure full participation in the protest demonstration.