Senior Pakistani journalist Aftab Alam shot dead in Karachi

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Pakistani journalist Aftab Alam shot dead by gunmen in second such attack in Karachi in 24 hours.

According to reports published in Pakistani media, two unidentified armed men shot dead Alam on Wednesday in a drive-by shooting incident in North Karachi area.

“The senior journalist was critically injured in the attack and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported.

(Not a country for journalists: 46 reporters killed in five years in Pakistan)

Alam’s murder comes a day after unidentified gunmen killed a TV engineer, Arshad Ali Chaudhry, working for Geo TV in Karachi on Tuesday evening. Chaudhry’s driver too had sustained serious injuries in this attack.

Pakistan is one of the most unsafe countries to work in the work. According to a report published by Committee to Protect Journalists, close to 60 journalists have died since 1992 in Pakistan.
A Pakistan government’s own data recently said that 46 journalists had been killed in last 5 years with most killings taking place in Sindh and Balochistan.

This is the first time Pakistan government had released an official data on journalists’ murders in the country.

18 journalists were reported to have been injured while four kidnapped in the same period, says a report published in Pakistan’s Freedom Network website.

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