Slain media worker was blessed with second son recently
PESHAWAR: The driver of a private TV channel, Mohammad Amir who was killed in the line of duty during the protest here Friday had been blessed with his second son only six days back.
Mohammad Amir, 35, had been working with the private channel for the last almost four years. A resident of Lahori Chowk in Peshawar, Amir left behind his wife, two sons and a daughter.
“He was covering the violent protests near the Bacha Khan Chowk. The reporters and cameramen in his vehicle went ahead and he was laying the cable for the live coverage when hit by a bullet,” said Adnan Tariq, a reporter of the TV channel in Peshawar. Adnan said the fire was opened by the policemen guarding the cinema. He added the car of the TV channel was hit by three bullets.
Ziaul Haq, the bureau chief of the TV channel, said Amir suffered a bullet in his chest and was rushed to the nearby Lady Reading Hospital but he could not survive.The funeral prayer for Mohammad Amir was held at 10 pm and was attended by a large number of media persons, political figures, relatives and friends.
The provincial government ordered a probe into the killing. It promised an independent inquiry to find out the truth. The capital city police officer Imtiaz Altaf also told the media that an inquiry would be conducted to find out the truth and punish those involved in the incident.
Meanwhile, the journalists staged protest to demand the government to arrest Amir’s killers. The protest was led by Saiful Islam Saifi, President Peshawar Press Club, and Nadir Khwaja, President All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Council (APNEC).
They protesting journalists shouted slogans against the killers and asked the government to forthwith arrest the police officials involved in killing. They also sought compensation for the heirs of the deceased.