Journalist shot dead
Muhammad Sohail Khan (30), a reporter working for the daily K2 Times and AVT television channel was shot dead in the Hattar area of Haripur on October 16.
Haripur is the main city of the Haripur District in the Hazara region of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Khan was returning after having submitted an application in DPO office about getting threats from local drug dealer Musarat Iqbal, who also happened to be his uncle. Musarat Iqbal had been arrested as a result of Khan’s stories.
Khan was on his way home after submitting his application when Iqbal’s sons Humayun Iqbal and Ali Sher intercepted him. Khan was shot five times and died on the spot.
Zakir Tanoli, President Haripur Press Club, told Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) that, Musarrat Iqbal’s sons, Humayun Iqbal and Ali Sher had been threatening Khan to stop doing stories against them.
Editor of Daily K2 Times, Sardar Iftikhar told PPF that his organization has demanded arrest the culprits.
Khan’s uncle, Haji Malik, while talking to PPF said that, the accused Humayun Iqbal and Ali Sher were cousins of the slain journalist and that they had killed him because of the story he did against their father.
According to local media, Station House Officer of Hattar police station Ali Jadoon said the evidence showed that Khan was killed over a family dispute and not over his journalistic work.
Talking to PPF, DPO Captain (Retd.) Mansoor Aman said that it was too early to comment on this matter and that it was still being investigated.
Khan’s father Shafqat Khan had lodged a criminal complaint (FIR) against the two accused and police have constituted a special team to arrest the culprits.