November 04, 2015
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Taliban militants have claimed killing journalist Zaman Mehsud in the restive northwest on Tuesday, bringing to 71 the number of journalists and media workers killed in Pakistan since 2002.
Mehsud, 38, worked for Urdu newspaper Daily Umet and SANA news agency, and also for the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He was shot dead by a gunman on a motorbike.
Taliban commander Qari Saif Ullah Saif told Reuters: "We killed him because he was writing against us ... we have some other journalists on our hit list in the region, soon we will target them."
The journalist's brother Muhammed Aslam wept as he collected the body. "He left five children and a widow," he said.
The shooting occurred near the northern town of Tank, said police officer Mir Salam. Mehsud was killed with four bullets to the chest, doctors said.
"Our initial information is that Zaman was killed by a man who was riding on a bike near an army check post," Salam said.
At least 67 journalists and media workers were killed between January 2002 and 2014, according to press freedom group Reporters Without Borders. Including Mehsud, another four have been killed this year.
All but one were Pakistanis. The killers have been convicted in only two cases - that of American Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and that of Geo reporter Wali Babar.
Six witnesses, a lawyer and two policemen linked to Babar's case were murdered and three prosecutors had to flee the country. - Reuters
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