Journalist among eight killed in Pakistan
By Indo Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited – Fri, Jan 14 9:48 AM IST
Islamabad, Jan 14 (IANS) A journalist of a private television channel was shot dead by a group of unidentified assailants in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, where at least seven others were also killed in different incidents of target killing, police said.
Wali Khan Babar, 29, who was working with the Geo News, was attacked near Liaquatabad Dakkhana bus stop Thursday evening when he was going home in his car, the DawnNews reported Friday quoting a senior police officer.
'Initial investigation suggests that Babar was stuck in a traffic jam when a man stopped in front of his car. The man pulled out a pistol and fired several shots at Babar before returning to his associate waiting across the road on a motorbike to disappear from the scene in a flash,' said Deputy Inspector General of Police (West) Sultan Khawaja.
The police found five empty cases of .9mm bullets from the scene. Babar received bullets on his forehead, face and neck.
The official ruled out mugging attempt as motive behind the firing, saying 'it appeared to be a premeditated murder'.
The Pakistani daily said at least seven people were killed and 12 injured Thursday in a spate of violence that broke out in the city after a senior leader of the Awami National Party was attacked.
According to police and party sources, two gunmen on a bike sprayed bullets on the car of Bashir Jan, Sindh ANP's information secretary. He suffered a bullet injury in the hand, while his two guards were shot in the legs and abdomen. They were rushed to a hospital.
The incident sparked violence in many parts of the city.
In a separate incident, four men were killed when a group of people came under an armed attack in Qasba area, while three others were killed in Liaquatabad and Orangi Town.
An official at the Sindh police surgeon office said that five bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital and Qatar Hospital.
The incident came as a grim reminder of a recent report by a media advocacy group that described Pakistan as the deadliest country for journalists in 2010.
The International News Safety Institute (INSI) recorded that 97 journalists were killed last year in 30 countries, of whom 85 were murdered.
Most of the victims were not foreign correspondents assigned to war zones but reporters working in their own countries, seeking to expose criminality and corruption, British daily the Guardian said citing the INSI report.
The most murderous country in 2010 was Pakistan where 16 journalists were killed in a spate of violence that has continued into the new year.
The first casualty of 2011 was 22-year-old Balochistan reporter, Ilyas Nazar, whose bullet-riddled body was found by a roadside eight days ago.
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1Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Rupendra 1 hour ago Report Abuse
The percentage of Pakistanis who are secular is so low that it is impossible for them to survive. They will be eliminated by people like Sayani. Pakistan has turned into a criminal state where only hardliner sunnis can live. After some time even educated sunnis will start hating them but it will become too late to do anything and Pakistan will finally become a terrorist state.
1Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Shashi 2 hours ago Report Abuse
Shash Rukh Khan and Mahesh Bhatt are die-hard Pakistan fans.
Some one should tell them to go to pakistan and enjoy with them instead of bringing pakistanis here.
Even Sania Mirza and her Ghar-Jamai(Shoaib (bloody criminal n looser)) shouldbe kicked-off to pakistan (poor girl didnt have the sense to choose a guy in India) so that they can enjoy the fireworks there.
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Ramamurthi 3 hours ago Report Abuse
Pakistan is ruled by the army and the elected government is a puupet. Gen.Kayani is the defacto CEO aided by ISI, LET,JEM and Al Qaida. The CEO is a die hard fundamentalist in the garb of a disciplined army man. Recently as per the grape vine he had threatened a coup to save the government from falling. He is firing from the government's shoulder. He wants sharia and he is determined to do ethnic cleansing by eliminating all non-sunnis. He is also prodding China to help him in his resolve to take over Kashmir and ruin INDIA. He with China are spreading terror in India by installing sleeper cells and aiding maoists of India and Nepal. Other ultras are also aided by them. It is high time the US acts decisively against Pakistan and China to save its face in Afhanistan and to rid the world of Terror. It was a great blunder to have acted against Iraq. Instead they should have cleaned Pakistan which would have helped them in not only Afghanistan but also in Iraq. Even now it is not late to bring in sanctions against Pakistan and stop all kinds of aid. Once the supplies are choked the the terror machine will start falling apart.
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Ranjit 3 hours ago Report Abuse
Inspite of the anti Indian political games that the Pakistan Govt+ China , r playing ,of late our responsible Ministers have started wooing them associating there prosperities,sovereignity,development with that of India where as these Ministers do not fume with the treacherous activities being committed in India by their agents.
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Mathew 4 hours ago Report Abuse
we should congratulate Mahatma gandhi and nehru for getting freedom from not the british but from the jihadi devils
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Ashok 4 hours ago Report Abuse
history remember that pakistanies are happy in killing each other
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Harry 5 hours ago Report Abuse
The Pakistani lover is Shoaib Malik and the Indian lovee is Sania Mirza.
0Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Soumya 5 hours ago Report Abuse
Now these Pakistanis are killing themselves, really Pakistan is a real threat to the world now.
2Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Kamal 5 hours ago Report Abuse
The fire which Pakistan had ignited for others, has now started engulfing itself.
1Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0BHAVANI S REDDY 6 hours ago Report Abuse
Devil kills devils. This is a part of terrorist training with practicals.
2Please sign in to rate this comment up.Please sign in to rate this comment down.0Shivaji 6 hours ago Report Abuse
Hi-where is the pakistani lover?the govt9india) have to send the trip ofr one month those people,let them knowing how the nature of that bloody dogs.
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