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Balochistan minister booked over journalist's murder

Filed on July 27, 2020 | Last updated on July 27, 2020 at 08.43 pm
Baloch journalist, Anwar Jan

Anwar Jan Khetiran was murdered on July 23 by armed men in Naharkot, Barkhan district

A case has been registered against a minister in Balochistan province and his two guards over the murder of a journalist and social media activist, the media reported.

The journalist, Anwar Jan Khetiran, was murdered on July 23 by some armed men in Naharkot, Barkhan district, when he was on his way home, reports Dawn.

Officials of the Levies Force said on Sunday that Anwar Jan's brother had named provincial Minister for Food and Population Welfare Sardar Abdul Rehman Khan Khetiran and his two guards, Adam Khan and Nadir Khan, in the case.

According to the complaint, Anwar had been writing on social and other problems of his area and about atrocities and alleged corruption of the minister. He also used to work for a daily published in Punjab, called Naveed Pakistan.

The victim's brother alleged that about two months ago, the minister had warned Anwar and asked him to quit the "profession of journalism".

Meanwhile, Sardar Khetiran denied the allegations, saying: "I have nothing to do with the murder of Anwar Jan," adding that the two other persons nominated in the FIR were not security guards.

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