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Journalist shot dead in the Swat Valley

first_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder November 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist shot dead in the Swat Valley to go further Reporters Without Borders called on Pakistan’s military and civilian authorities to carry out a rigorous investigation into the death of journalist Qari Muhammad Shoaib, who was shot dead at the wheel of his car by soldiers in Mingora in the Swat Valley, north-west Pakistan.A passenger in the journalist’s car said the soldiers shot him without warning in the 8 November incident while the military claimed warning shots were fired.The 32-year-old reporter on local newspaper Khabar Kar and contributor to a national daily was killed while driving a family member as he returned home. His family said the soldiers opened fire without warning. “They shot at us as we reached Airport Road. We received no indication that we should stop”, said the family member travelling with him.The army said the journalist had received several warnings to pull up. Soldiers were patrolling the area after receiving information of a threatened suicide attack. In a statement, the military said, “Warning shots were fired but the vehicle did not stop and as a result the security forces opened fire”.Military officials in Mingora said they regretted the incident and promised to compensate his family. Muhammad Shoaib had two wives and six children.Journalists in Mingora told Reporters Without Borders that the shots had been fired deliberately and were aimed at the journalist. “If they had wanted to stop the vehicle they could have shot out the tyres”, one of them said.Abdul Aziz, of the newspaper Azadi in Swat Valley was killed at the end of August in a Pakistani military bombardment after being kidnapped by the Taliban on 27 August. RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more