IT is sad that the rise of militancy in the world in support of various causes has rendered the life of the journalist unsafe. While, as a natural human failing, he may not be completely neutral to the cause, his intention is to put the facts of a situation before the public. And on that score, he should be commanding the respect of all parties to a dispute. But that precept does not work in practice, and many a distinguished correspondent has fallen victim to either an assumed sense of unjust reporting or as a consequence of being in the war zone in the line of duty. Since 9/11, the Pakistani journalist has had more than a fair share of such tragic incidents, particularly while on the scent for news in the tribal areas. The latest to die from an unknown assassin's bullet was Ibrahim Khan, a prominent member of the Tribal Union of Journalists, who was returning home after interviewing the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman. The TTP naib amir, who led his funeral prayers, swore before God that his organisation had nothing to do with the heinous crime. One hopes that the authorities would investigate the murder and punish the guilty, and not let it pass like other such incidents, for instance of this newspaper's Hayat Ullah who was killed in 2006. As yet nothing is known about who was behind his murder.