Target Killers Rising: Two Journalist Shot Dead within Hours in Karachi
KARACHI: Two unidentified armed men shot dead senior journalist Aftab Alam on Wednesday in a drive-by shooting incident in North Karachi area.
Alam was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside his house located in Sector 11-C of North Karachi, sources told media.
The senior journalist was critically injured in the attack and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, sources added.
This is the second attack targeting media personnel in Karachi within 24 hours. Yesterday, a satellite engineer associated with Geo News was killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on the channel’s DSNG van in Karachi.
The media van of the private broadcaster was attacked in the Bahadurabad neighbourhood of eastern Karachi, where it was on assignment, police said. “The technician has died and the driver is injured in the attack,” police officer Irfan Asif told AFP.
Later, an official from private TV channel confirmed the death of the technician, named as Arshad Ali Jaffery.
Senior police officer Javed Jiskani said the police were gathering evidence from the area where the attack took place and had launched investigation.
Journalist unions had reacted immediately to the attack, calling for greater security for media personnel and the speedy arrest of the attackers.
Last year, one of Geo’s leading anchors Hamid Mir was attacked in Karachi, surviving with multiple gunshot wounds.
In 2011, gunmen shot dead Karachi-based Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar after he filed a report on criminal gangs warfare in the city.
Reporters without Borders, a media rights watchdog, says there has been a marked increase since 2014 in media freedom violations by government officials and various political factions in Pakistan.
Karachi, a port city of some 20 million and Pakistan’s economic hub, is frequently hit by Islamist, political and ethnic violence.
Paramilitary forces began a sweeping crackdown on alleged militants in the city in 2013, which has led to substantial drop in overall levels of violence.
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