A Pakistani journalist has been shot dead in the country’s Sindh province on Sunday.
The death of Mushtaq Khand has increased the death toll of journalists in Pakistan to eight so far this year, according to Rural Media Network Pakistan.
Khand died while attending a public meeting of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. During the meeting, two rival tribes exchanged gun shots that led to the death of five people and injured 10 others.
Khand was working for Sindhi newspaper Mehran and Sindhi TV channel Dharti.
Just last week, a local TV reporter was shot dead in the insurgency-torn Baluchistan on the Afghan and Iranian border.
Abdul Haq Baluch, 37, who worked for private TV channel ARY, was shot late Saturday while driving home in the town of Khuzdar, 230 kilometres south of the provincial capital Quetta.
Journalists said masked men opened fire on his car around 100 yards from the local press club. Police officer Abdul Qadir Kamrani told AFP that Baluch died of his injuries on his way to the hospital.
According to Committee to Protect Journalists, Pakistan is ranked as the third most dangerous country for journalists.
The culture of impunity is really high in Pakistan. Since 1992, 41 journalists have been killed in the Pakistan and only one case received justice.
Source: RMNP, DCMF, AFP