World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Islamabad
Updated Sun, 06 Sep 2020 01:55 PM IST
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A woman journalist was shot and killed on Saturday in Pakistan. Shaheena Shaheen was an anchor and reporter in a government TV channel named Baloch. He was transferred a few days ago in Turbat, Balochistan. The journalist's husband is also alleged to have been involved in the murder.
Shaheen was a young journalist
Shaheen previously worked for a private TV channel in Islamabad. After this, he was selected in the government TV channel. After a few months stay in Islamabad, Shaheen was transferred to Balochistan. She was also the editor of a local magazine. Shaheen, 27, was also pursuing her PhD from Quetta University.
Shaheen was killed by entering her house. According to police, the two attackers arrived at his house. As soon as opening the door, Shaheen fired at him. Shaheen hit five bullets. According to the police, an unknown person took Shaheen in the car and reached the hospital, but he escaped after leaving the car after some time. Police is investigating the incident. Shaheen's family has filed a case against some people. These include Shaheen's husband's name.
It is believed that her husband killed Shaheen, as she was becoming very famous in Balochistan. In a 2018 report, it was estimated that 50 people, including 30 women, were killed in Balochistan in the name of honor. This report was released by The Aurat Foundation. This organization was working for the protection of women's rights.
Journalists are not safe in Pakistan!
Let me tell you that before Shaheen, in May last year, a female journalist named Uruz Iqbal was also shot and killed. She used to work for a private TV channel. The family had accused a local leader of killing him, but this was rejected by the police. Till now, the murderer could not be traced. Uruz was murdered outside his office.
According to reports, 61 journalists have been murdered in Pakistan since 1992, ie in 28 years. In an interview this week, Prime Minister Imran Khan described journalists in Pakistan as safe.