Two journalists killed in Karachi, Waziristan

KARACHI — The chief reporter of the state-controlled Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) wire agency in Karachi, Khushnood Ali Sheikh, who had been threatened after he refused to pay Rs50,000 extortion money, was killed in a “hit-and-run” accident by a car near his house on Monday night.

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Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

Sheikh informed his fellow journalists a few months back about the threats he was receiving from unknown people after he bought a house in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

Sheikh decided to sell the house and moved to Islamabad six months back. He was also called up there twice by extortionists.

However, after a few months things started settling down and Sheikh returned to Karachi.

The Karachi Union of Journalists, an affiliate of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, expressed concern over the mysterious death and demanded an inquiry.

Meanwhile, unidentified attackers shot dead a senior local journalist in Pakistan’s lawless northwestern tribal region on Wednesday, witnesses said.

Malik Mumtaz, who worked for the Geo television channel as well as English and Urdu newspapers from the same media group, was shot in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency.

The Pakistani Taleban condemned the murder of Mumtaz, who was president of the local Press club and had reported on the area for more than 20 years.

(With inputs from AFP)

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